Doom Played On A Wi-Fi Enabled Electric Toothbrush

With over 15 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one actually still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself tinkering in the garage.

Because soon we’ll be able to play Doom on absolutely anything electronic, hacker Aaron Christophel has managed to play the game on a Wi-Fi-enabled smart toothbrush. Whether we actually need Wi-Fi-enabled toothbrushes is a fish to fry another day, but for now, they do serve a legitimate purpose: playing Doom.

The existing full-color TFT-LCD screen of the Panck Mini toothbrush is typically reserved for displaying brushing reports, the time or weather, or messages sent through the Plack app (e.g., “It’s time to brush your teeth, sweetie.”). But Aaron added an ESP32-C3 Mini Development Board and managed to compress the game’s files necessary to play Minimal DOOM IWAD (an ultra basic version of the game) down to the 4MB capacity of the ESP32. As you can see in the video, the result is Doom tooth brushing history.

Will we soon be able to play Doom on dental floss? Only if it’s electric smart floss. Because if it is, then it’s only a matter of time. Mark my words. Unless playing Doom on dental floss never happens, then forget they were my words. Somebody else said them.

[via TechEBlog]

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With over 15 years of writing experience, Jonathan has had a passion for all things tech-related since watching Inspector Gadget as a child. He's disassembled countless appliances and managed to put a few back together, and one actually still works. When not writing, he can often be found playing video games or accidentally hurting himself tinkering in the garage.