Playable electronic Tetris game cased inside a real pumpkin, with perforations and LEDs as pixels:
More about how and why it was but together at HaHa Bird:
One of my habits is to write down all the crazy, fleeting ideas I have, then go back to review later rather than judging right off the bat, or even worse, forgetting them. Earlier in the month I was looking through that idea notepad and found “Make Tetris Pumpkins” from sometime last year. My original plan had been to make forms to shape pumpkins into Tetris pieces as they grew, then stack them together for Halloween. Since Halloween was only a few weeks away and it was too late to start growing pumpkins, I thought “Why not make a pumpkin you can play Tetris on instead?”
You can read more about how it was put together here
Video-game players have solved a molecular puzzle that stumped scientists for years, and those scientists say the accomplishment could point the way to crowdsourced cures for AIDS and other diseases.
What an excellent way to harness the problem solving skills of gamers for the greater good. Also, this is vaguely similar to the medic-nanobot idea a friend of my suggested in a Facebook post, which I illustrated here.