Most of us know Tetris from the Game Boy version and that theme song is forever stuck in our heads. But when you play the game on a mechanical display, the sound it makes also very satisfying.
A geek going by the name sinowin rigged up a small computer with a joystick and connected them to an old school elongated flip-disc display. These screens were used before LCD screens were large and affordable, mostly for signs, like arrivals and destination times at airports or train stations.
Listen and enjoy as as 210 small plastic discs flip back and forth to recreate the falling tetrominoes. It’s pretty calming, like ASMR.
This is an awesome way to play one of our favorite classic games. Who needs millions of tiny pixels that silently turn on and off every second, when you can have these things making sounds instead.
Sit back and relax to the sounds as those tetrominoes fall, but don’t get too relaxed or you won’t get the high score. They should definitely make this an hour-long video so that people can enjoy the tippity-tapping sounds for longer.
Visually split into two distinct parts, the Balance watch says all it needs to with its name, and the watch face design. Taking inspiration from the Yin-Yang, the Balance watch is all about showcasing a duality. A duality between colors, themes, and even technology, because aside from being half black and half white, the Balance Watch is also half-analog, half digital.
Looking like a normal mechanical watch, the Balance’s watch face is actually half-parts a dynamic e-ink display. The black surface serves as a display unit, through which the hands appear, and on top of which lies the white half-dial piece, adding contrast and drama to the watch face.
The hands come with their own interpretation of duality, with black and white hands (and dot indicators at the end of them) and tell the time against the watch’s dual-colored surface. The white part of the watch surface comes with a subdial, and to complement it, the e-ink display has a ‘subdial’ too that displays the date and time. The e-ink display even works in tandem with your phone when connected, giving you notifications when you’re getting a call or a message, and if you really want to spice the two-tone layout, you can even get the display to show off black and white patterns, giving you the duality of visual drama vs plain-ness!
Designer: Design Magnet
We’ve all played Pac-Man, Space Invaders, and Centipede, but what if those games had been less digital and more of an art installation? Would you still be interested? This arcade machine is called “A Maze,” and is the work of artist Marco Iannicelli. It is all analog, including the motor that’s used to manipulate the 7 concentric ring maze on top.
The entire piece is carved out of marble making it look like an arcade game that the Romans might have used. The control is a lone black joystick that is used to steer the labyrinth and help the metal ball to its goal. You’ve probably played this classic concentric maze game in your hands, but I imagine it’s a whole new game with a joystick. It would be interesting to play this game and see how hard it really is to control.
This maze game is about more than just trying to get the steel ball from start to finish. Instead of getting the ball to the center, this maze has the “end” just an inch from the start. But why? The creator simply says that it “playfully illustrates the complexity of the space-time continuum and makes it understandable and tangible.” Thanks. That really clears things up.