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Allerian
« on: October 01, 2007 01:46:23 PM »

My daughter and I were well into playing Don't Break the Ice when she held one of the cubes to the television.  Then we held a bunch of them together and did it again - we looked at each other and knew this had to be done.

Here is the game itself for reference.



We laid out 12 sets of the game on a very flat table with the "open" end of the cubes up and glued them all together using clear liquid nails and aligning them with a steel ruler.  What you see here is one half of the whole "screen" coming together.


A closeup of the back.  You can see that there are gaps, due to the cubes being slightly smaller on the open end.  These were fused with a line of airplane cement.  Takes a good while to do every single row.  And use a fan!


Then it was encased in a simple wooden frame.
Here is the front.


And the back.


The end result is that when you set this in front of your television, it becomes a magical animated pixel display.


Here's a little youtube of it running:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AEQ5-mWrB_E

It was a fun project to do, and there are many ways to approach it.  Next time, it will probably have a lighter metal frame and hang from the top of the tv.
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« Reply #1 on: October 01, 2007 01:49:15 PM »

Such a clean and lovely pixelator!  It's beyond awesome that you gave us a Youtube video of it, too!
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« Reply #2 on: October 01, 2007 01:49:46 PM »

This is wonderful!  If I had one of these, I would buy a cheap old tv and make this a permanent fixture in my apartment!
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« Reply #3 on: October 01, 2007 01:50:30 PM »

Just... WOW! XD

How many of those games did it take to make it? And also, what show are you watching in the youtube video? It's a shame there's no sound, but it still looks *amazing*.
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« Reply #4 on: October 01, 2007 01:52:11 PM »

Very nice and professional!
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« Reply #5 on: October 01, 2007 01:53:17 PM »

I love that game!!!!!!
I think this is a great idea to put up for parties.
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« Reply #6 on: October 01, 2007 02:02:57 PM »

Very neat.  The youtube link is great as it helps to visualize this in action.  I love it!
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« Reply #7 on: October 01, 2007 02:03:22 PM »

old tv is a really good idea, maybe you could make small ones with painted lightbulbs and use them as nitelites.....interesting possibilities!
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« Reply #8 on: October 01, 2007 02:07:14 PM »

i love this!
you did an amazing job
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« Reply #9 on: October 01, 2007 02:11:21 PM »

Fablulous job! It's mesmerizing Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2007 02:37:39 PM »

I have to agree with BRUISEDPEACH22 - I found it very hypnotising.  Great idea though and as I *hate* television (well - here in the UK there is nothing much to watch - except the US shows of course  Grin - which are all finished now  Cry) this is a great alternative.  It reminds me of 'disco lights'  Wink.

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« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2007 02:54:36 PM »

What an awesome idea!  I find the video very relaxing (and as someone else said, it would be great for parties).
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« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2007 03:27:55 PM »

That's so cool! I love it when different uses for games are discovered!
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« Reply #13 on: October 01, 2007 03:51:57 PM »

that would be so SICK for a party!
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« Reply #14 on: October 01, 2007 04:12:52 PM »

That is freaking awesome!
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« Reply #15 on: October 01, 2007 04:32:23 PM »

Awesome idea- I love the pixels!  I agree it would be rad at a party-
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« Reply #16 on: October 01, 2007 04:34:19 PM »

What a great idea!  This was a favorite game of mine when I was a child  Grin

My sons got something for Christmas last year (can't remember what it's called) and this reminds me of it.  You turn it on while there is music playing and the boxes change color and go to the beat of the music.

This is one of the best challenges I've seen so far and I can't imagine how I'm ever going to be able to pick just one to vote on!
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« Reply #17 on: October 01, 2007 04:44:50 PM »

oh, this SO rocks! finally, a use for TV! dumb tv. super cool craft! how old is your daughter?
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What an awesome idea. I loved your youtube video. You will probably rack up alot of votes for this. Good Luck!
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« Reply #19 on: October 01, 2007 05:07:31 PM »

What a fantastic idea! It looks brilliant in action  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: October 01, 2007 05:46:58 PM »

DANG THAT's SUPER COOL! RAWK!  Your daughter rocks!
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« Reply #21 on: October 01, 2007 06:21:47 PM »

Omigosh, I love it! Amazing, really. Great idea, and a great game too!

Also, the picture really reminds me of a lite brite!  Cheesy

Awesome idea!
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« Reply #22 on: October 01, 2007 06:41:57 PM »

This is great! I have seen something like this in different magazines for some ridiculous price, but now I know I can make one cheap. Thanks for the inspiration!
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« Reply #23 on: October 01, 2007 08:13:31 PM »

i love how profesional this looks.

great job!  Smiley
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« Reply #24 on: October 01, 2007 10:10:00 PM »

Wonderful! Beautiful! This rocks for sure!
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« Reply #25 on: October 01, 2007 11:26:40 PM »

This is brilliant. You win the internet. Hitting "this rocks!"
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« Reply #26 on: October 02, 2007 08:53:30 AM »

Okie, I think this is one of the coolest things I've ever seen in my life. This ROCKS! Cheesy:D:D:D:D
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« Reply #27 on: October 02, 2007 09:22:11 AM »

This is so cool!
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« Reply #28 on: October 02, 2007 10:08:28 AM »

Oh that it too cool! I want one lol
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« Reply #29 on: October 02, 2007 01:16:31 PM »

This is truly awe-inspiring.  I haaaated playing Don't Break the Ice as a kid (I always lost), but now I want to own several sets and a lot of glue...  Dude, can you imagine how cool something like this would be if you wanted to have a party?  Or if one had the money and the time, a big screen in a club.  <3  Ahh, it's so cool~!! 
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« Reply #31 on: October 02, 2007 07:31:45 PM »

This is a completely unique idea, what inspired you?
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« Reply #32 on: October 03, 2007 12:30:54 AM »

i wonder what else you could make it from.  there has to be something else out there that we could all buy in bulk!  brainstorm people, brainstorm!
I love this!!!!!!  so wicked!
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« Reply #33 on: October 03, 2007 05:57:56 AM »

This is a completely unique idea, what inspired you?

The pixelator idea has been out there on the interwebs for a couple or years - so it isn't like I invented the idea Smiley  The real inspiration comes from my daughter who had the idea of putting the cubes up against the tv screen.  Even with one single cube, the idea becomes very obvious and inspiring.

To "MyWitsAnd4": If you shop around, the game can be had for cheap.  I found half of the sets at a Christmas sale for $5/ea. and ordered the rest online from the Hasbro store for around the same price.  I built this one to match the width of those newer, wider tv sets (in the hopes that I'll ever have one!)  But it looks good with a regular square screen.
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This is the best pixelator I have seen yet!
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excellent idea and very original
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« Reply #36 on: October 05, 2007 03:46:53 PM »

OK, when i read Don't Break the Ice,  I was thinking, who can make anything cool with that game. (I didn't know what a pixelator was)





YOU MADE SOMETHING SOOOO COOL. I wish had the time and patience to make one myself.
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« Reply #37 on: October 06, 2007 08:50:50 AM »

I'm digging the You Tube demo.
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« Reply #38 on: October 07, 2007 03:32:49 PM »

How pretty! What an imaginative idea. I could sit and watch it, mesmerized, for quite a long while. Love it!
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« Reply #40 on: October 09, 2007 11:20:55 AM »

This is so cool.  I can't imaging spending 60 bucks to buy the 12 games to make it though!  Tongue

Plus I don't do drugs anymore but this would be a great stoner entertainment system, lol!
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« Reply #41 on: October 11, 2007 06:25:09 AM »

Wow - turn off the sound and play your favorite music!
Totally awesome! I love it!
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« Reply #42 on: October 17, 2007 04:25:49 PM »

darn, i missed voting!

a) this is amazing! i can't imagine how much patience and effort went into this to take 12 of these games and make this... wow.
b) it looks amazing! i watched the youtube and was in awe...
c) you're amazing and i love you! erm, because i haven't played this game since i was 6 and have been trying to remember the name of it for years, asking friends who had no idea what i was talking about and such. thank you for posting!  Grin
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Haha, that's so cool!  Cheesy
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