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Awesome (3, Insightful)

Flipstylee (1932884) | about 2 years ago | (#39765001)

That is all.

Re:Awesome (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765013)

If my display had that many stuck pixels, I'd return it.

Amazing (5, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765427)

I just watched the video... I didn't know it was possible to be so bad at Tetris.

Re:Awesome (0)

mapkinase (958129) | about 2 years ago | (#39765577)

Turning building windows into pixels have been done before. Even the first time it was entertaining, but far from awesome.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765651)

I confess to being curious how they managed colored pixels - that can't just be flipping on and off the lights in the offices, but needs something else - I'm not sure why a random office would have e.g. green or purple lights available.

Re:Awesome (3, Informative)

Khyber (864651) | about 2 years ago | (#39766035)

Either LED systems, or they used Pentron 3-color adjustable lighting.

Re:Awesome (4, Informative)

Technician (215283) | about 2 years ago | (#39766347)

Follow the links for more info. Strings of Christmas lights, relays, Linux, and Windows CE for the console. Due to the noisy relays, operation was restricted to after midnight when the building was vacant.

Re:Awesome (1)

CoolCucumber (183650) | about 2 years ago | (#39802289)

Incorrect. It uses a small strip of wirelessly-controlled LEDs at the bottom of each window. It was not restricted to after midnight. You may have read about one of the earlier attempts in which they did indeed run it late at night.

Re:Awesome (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39766225)

What would have made it even better is if a group of students from CalTech or some Ivy League school had done it.
Just for the gotcha value.

No longer impressed by things like this... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765015)

I don't know. This doesn't do *anything* for me. It would've been fantastic ten years ago -- today, I just can't seem to find it amazing at all. It's just another "crazy thing" that somebody did that really just takes time and planning.

Re:No longer impressed by things like this... (1, Troll)

Dahamma (304068) | about 2 years ago | (#39765253)

It's just another "crazy thing" that somebody did that really just takes time and planning.

Yeah, just like the first moon landing. Ho hum.

Re:No longer impressed by things like this... (2)

Aguazul2 (2591049) | about 2 years ago | (#39765315)

>> Yeah, just like the first moon landing. Ho hum.

More like the sixth moon landing.

Re:No longer impressed by things like this... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765811)

It goes to show, people from Boston are a bunch of faggots.

Re:No longer impressed by things like this... (3, Funny)

Alien Being (18488) | about 2 years ago | (#39766203)

No, this is Cambridge. Boston sucks for entirely different reasons.

Re:No longer impressed by things like this... (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39766633)

if it had been Boston the whole city wold have closed in fear - IT'S got flashy lights OMG its a bomb Terrorists!!!

Re:No longer impressed by things like this... (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39766783)

All east coasters are skittish little bitches. I could easily beat the shit out of anyone from the east coast.

Already done before (3, Informative)

jirikivaari (2468926) | about 2 years ago | (#39765029)

I don't know how many times this has been done, but in 2007 ago electrical engineers here in Oulu, Finland made the same thing, although with regular 7-storyish building. Here's [itviikko.fi] the Finnish news.

Re:Already done before (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765083)

Was going to post that same article too. Just a note: It was in Hervanta (Tampere), not Oulu. It's a 12-storey building. They also had other games on it like a space game where you had to shoot blocks dropped from above with your ship.

Re:Already done before (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39769425)

Was going to post that same article too. Just a note: It was in Hervanta (Tampere), not Oulu. It's a 12-storey building. They also had other games on it like a space game where you had to shoot blocks dropped from above with your ship.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ril6OYSKD3A&feature=related

Re:Already done before (5, Informative)

Cochonou (576531) | about 2 years ago | (#39765163)

There were also Blinkenlights [blinkenlights.net] in Berlin (2001) and more to the point, ARCADE [google.com] in Paris (2002). Both were made by Chaos Computer Club.
Anyway, whatever the prior art was, it is always a very thrilling development.

Re:Already done before (2)

jeisner (56981) | about 2 years ago | (#39765233)

The earliest one I know of was in April 2000 on the 14-story science library at Brown University. Info & videos here:
http://bastilleweb.techhouse.org/
I remember the press coverage at the time. Steve Wozniak flew in from CA to play.

Re: And by Delft in 1995 (5, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765383)

Students of Delft University of Technolgy did this in 1995, at the 22-story EWI building. The lamps could also be controlled over internet.

I found a photo here:
http://retro.nrc.nl/W2/Nieuws/1998/02/27/Med/06.html

Re: And by Delft in 1995 (1)

JaredOfEuropa (526365) | about 2 years ago | (#39768131)

Ahh, the EWI building hack (at the time it was still the EE faculty, I believe?). Where I whiled away many an hour playing X-pilot, on the department's Sun workstations. And remembering when amazingly we got Unix going on a PC thanks to the hard work of a guy called Linus. Good times...

Re:Already done before (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765823)

Done so many times it is boring. If you're a so called "MIT-hacker", you should be ahead of the pack, be innovative. Not these guys.

Re:Already done before (1)

DeathElk (883654) | about 2 years ago | (#39769691)

OK, so where's your practical example of a major hard-hack? Oh wait, you haven't done one. STFU.

PIWO light show! (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765055)

Check out the http://www.piwo.pwr.wroc.pl/?lang=en - it is the full-color universal display fired every year at Wroclaw University of Technology campus (Poland). Also on tour in 2012

Uhm, not even old news (2)

KZigurs (638781) | about 2 years ago | (#39765071)

Wasn't this already done like 4 years ago? Okay, this time they managed to link up tetris, not just controlled animation (IIRC), but still...

Re:Uhm, not even old news (1)

LostCluster (625375) | about 2 years ago | (#39765109)

Yep, this is not the first time we've discussed this one... but it's nice to see a tradition like this still going on.

Re:Uhm, not even old news (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39767485)

As a lucky fellow who got to just walk up and play it, I can assure you it makes a world of difference! :)

What about real engineering? (0, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765159)

I can see why Apple doesn't recruit at MIT. Real engineering means mass production, hiding craft, maximizing utility. Apparently MIT uses its monopoly on talented high school students to make art installations.

Re:What about real engineering? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765691)

Great ad hominem about a school you clearly know little about. Hacks like these are just for fun - there is plenty of "real engineering" going on here at MIT. Oh, and MIT is *the* core east-coast school for Apple, I have multiple friends that are headed there this summer.

- Current MIT student

Re:What about real engineering? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39766561)

as long as it's weapons and oil rigs then yeah, i guess real engineering

as long as it's not the media lab

Yawn (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39765825)

Yawn. This has been done before. It's old hat. Do something new, MIT.

The Tetris Company LLC does not approve (3)

amoeba1911 (978485) | about 2 years ago | (#39766017)

watch out, The Tetris Company LLC is going to sue them for trademark violation...

Re:The Tetris Company LLC does not approve (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39788283)

Yeah, they probably should be a bit concerned. The advent of successful, projected Tetris on a tall structure likely began with the installation at Burningman, at Camp Tetriron, founded and produced by my friend Henk Rogers, who is the co-developer of the original game, and has made his personal empire by licensing the tech to different entertainment and media outlets and cell phone companies. He is a genuinely warm and caring individual, but I cannot guess how he will feel about this development. Props should go to him for engineering and pulling off what has been a mighty and prevelant spectacle at the Nevada event for many years. Having participated directly in its construction and application since 2009, I can tell you that it is the greatest interactive projection mapped install of this type around. Players use regular game controllers to manipulate game pieces on a screen 6 stories tall. The lines are long (and dusty) to get your few minutes of amazingly large Tetris on.

TMRC did it first (1)

DragonHawk (21256) | about 2 years ago | (#39766169)

As chance would have it, I was at MIT's Tech Model Railroad Club [mit.edu] open house last night (Saturday 21 April 2012). TMRC, for those who don't know, is a well-spring of hacker subculture. Their model railroad layout is fully automated using homebrew control and interface hardware, and their own Linux-based software. Formerly it ran on adapted telephone switch relays.

Anyhow, their layout includes a scale model of the Green building, and yes, you can play Tetris on it. Granted, it's not as impressive as doing it on the *real* building, but there's something to be said for prior art. ;)

I'll see if I can't get a video of it uploaded.

What's green about it? (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39766703)

That's the most energy INefficient game of tetris I've ever seen.
Besides, Brown did this 12 years ago.
People ask with good reason where the innovation in the U.S. is.
Well, it's not at MIT!

Where the hack? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39766867)

I see installed lighting with permission probably , not hacking ?

Re:Where the hack? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39779953)

This is Slashdot, we understand the different meanings of the word "hack" by context. A "hack" isn't only unauthorized access to a computer system.

Tetris? (0)

SilverJets (131916) | about 2 years ago | (#39766905)

People still play that boring game?

Re:Tetris? (1)

garyok (218493) | about 2 years ago | (#39767105)

I think the fun is in programming it rather than playing it now. It's a great way to familiarise yourself with a new language or to test out a novel display. It's a small enough project that a decent programmer can knock out their own version over a few days - maybe quicker - and you've got something that just about everyone recognises and can appreciate. The specs for the basic game are online and easy enough to understand.

Once you've got past "Hello, world" and figured out the basics of a new language's flow control, data types and structures, it's a good next step.

Re:Tetris? (1)

tqk (413719) | about 2 years ago | (#39770865)

People still play that boring game?

I thank a freeware/shareware version of it (on an 8086 cpu) for my first introduction to RSI. I learned my lesson and swapped computer games out for *nix instead.

Fritterware: lets you fritter your life away.

Wentworth-Student (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39767069)

I was on the bridge for that, some terrible skill for mit students, great show though!

That slideshow sucks (1)

rebelwarlock (1319465) | about 2 years ago | (#39768731)

Is there a less shitty set of pictures? Opening the slideshow gives you access to a series of thumbnails and a bunch of frivolous crap all around it.

Was it written in LISP? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39769167)

Because if it wasn't written in LISP then it still sucks.

Was there just a few weeks ago (1)

scharkalvin (72228) | about 2 years ago | (#39769893)

We toured the MIT campus a few weeks ago during a trip to Boston to visit several schools that my daughters might attend. (My daughter that applied there didn't get admitted though.) Anyway we saw the Green building and the tour guides (some junior and senior students) told us the history of the hacks. (My favorite hack is still the smoot marks on the bridge). They mentioned that the lights in that building are ALWAYS on and if there was a time at night that the building was completely dark it would be a sign of the coming of the end of the world. So I suggested that a good hack would be to black out the building on "Mayan Long count Calendar rollover day". I was told that maybe I should not have said that! (Future hack?)

In Poland we have P.I.W.O. Project (B.E.E.R.) (1)

tilk (637557) | about 2 years ago | (#39773379)

Students of the Wrocaw University of Technology turned one of the dormitory buildings into a color display. The event is called P.I.W.O. (Potezny Indeksowany Wyswietlacz Oknowy - literally Giant Indexed Display made of Windows, but the acronym means BEER) and was held for several years during the juwenalia [wikipedia.org]. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mGU8dlvOPUY [youtube.com]

I was working on this as an art project in 1993... (1)

PurplePhase (240281) | about 2 years ago | (#39773667)

Though my other, much tamer art project was removed by a distraught faculty member even though I had all the permits. Putting it up a second time (with the help of a facility person and friends) before class was over was a challenge!

All hail the (now defunct) Fish Bowl!

8-PP

Tetris games (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 2 years ago | (#39860641)

Tetris games was wonderful When I was child I was playin my games eveyday. But graphics was so bad that time. whatever I am playin better games now http://www.duckgame.net/

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