Conway's Game of Life Kit [v1.3]

$18.86

Part Number:  AF-89
Brand:  Adafruit Australia

DescriptionIn 1970, John Conway came up with a 1-player game called Game of Life. The Game of Life is a mathematical game that simulates 'colonies' that grow or die based on how crowded or lonely they are and is known for the way it creates a beautiful organic display out of randomness. Here is a design for a simple electronic project that plays Conway's Game...
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Description

In 1970, John Conway came up with a 1-player game called Game of Life. The Game of Life is a mathematical game that simulates 'colonies' that grow or die based on how crowded or lonely they are and is known for the way it creates a beautiful organic display out of randomness.

Here is a design for a simple electronic project that plays Conway's Game of Life. Make one kit and keep it on your desk, or attach multiple kit modules together to create a large display.

Originally created by Dropout Design, this revision adds a few extra features. The kit is very easy to make and an excellent first electronics/soldering project. It is perfect for workshops since at the end everyone can connect their completed module together.

The animated GIF above shows 4 modules connected together. Each kit comes unassembled and includes all parts necessary for one module.

Features:

  • Each kit displays a 4x4 grid (16 LEDs)
  • Connect as many kits as youd like, in any configuration, to create a larger game board
  • Runs off of 2 AA batteries (not included), but can be easily modified to run off of USB or wall-wart power
  • On/Off button to save power, also for resetting the display
  • Automatically resets if the colony has died or stagnated (regeneration)
  • Backwards compatible with older versions

There's tons more to read about the project, including directions at the theybsite!


Technical Details

PCB CAD files and firmware available in the product tutorial.

Dimensions:

  • PCB only: 71mm x 71mm x 1.6mm (2.8in x 2.8in x 0.06in)
  • Assembled (not including AA baterly holder):71mm x 71mm x 12.5mm (2.8in x 2.8in x 0.5in)

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