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Topic: Don't Break the Ice -> Pixelator *Updated w/assembly pics  (Read 55261 times)
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« 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.....inter esting 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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