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Tetris Blocks Fall on Oscilloscope Screen

by Paul Strauss

Here’s a cool hack which uses an old oscilloscope to play an accurate game of the arcade classic, Tetris.

Scopetris Oscilloscope Tetris

Engineer Lars Pontoppidan created Scopetris using an AtMega32 micro-controller to drive the beam of an oscilloscope to mimic the game play of the classic Soviet puzzle game.

Lars had to create custom circuitry and programmed the beam to produce a similar visual result to that of those old vector graphic games. The game is controlled using a traditional Atari 9-pin digital joystick.

Scopetris Oscilloscope Tetris

Unlike some lesser oscilloscope beam hacks which use simple video games like Pong, Lars really went all out to create a game with the relative complexity of Tetris. Using his significant programming prowess, Pontoppidan programmed the circuit to manage each individual as an independent object, allowing it to behave very similarly to the original arcade classic.

Kudos to Lars for an outstanding scope hack.

[via Hacked Gadgets via MAKE]

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Comments (6):

  1. Carlos Matias says:

    I’m sorry, but we can clearly ear the sound of the keyboard the guy is using at the end of video. I’ve never eared a Atari stick that sounds like this !

  2. Thanks to the author for the kind words! I can add that the complete source of the microcontroller software is also downloadable at my web site as GPL

    @Carlos Matias, you are actually right, I play the game using a five button keyboard, which works as a c64/atari/amiga joystick. But you can’t buy it, its home made ;)

  3. technabob says:

    Duh. I guess I assumed it was a joystick from the 9-pin connector. Maybe I should use my ears AND my eyes.

  4. Carlos Matias says:

    funny anyway

  5. Sunghwan Kim says:

    It’s cool~

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