When makers take to designing furniture for their own home, the results are spectacular. For their senior design project, [Phillip Murphy] and his teammates set about building a smart table from the ground up. Oh, and you can also use it to play games, demonstrated in the video below.
The table uses 512 WS2812 pixels in a 32 x 16 array which has enough resolution to play a selection of integrated games — Go, 2-player Tetris, and Tron light cycle combat — as well as some other features like a dancing bird party mode — because what’s the point of having a smart table if it can’t also double as rave lighting?
A C2000-family microcontroller on a custom board is the brains, and is controlled by an Android app via Bluetooth RN-42 modules. The table frame was designed in Sketchup, laser-cut, and painstakingly stained. [Murphy] and company used aluminum ducting tape in each of the ‘pixels’, and the table’s frame actually forms the pixel grid. Check out the overview and some of the games in action after the break.
We’ve featured similarly awesome tables in the past, some of which are touch-sensitive, Check ’em out!
9 thoughts on “A Smart Table For Gamers”
Nice work guys, looks great!
That is another great LED table.
Might try to make one. It’ll probably only have 64 pixels, but still.
Same thing I say every damn time.
Then I look at my furniture and realize, it would never survive my house for more than a month.
I’m actually building a version with 880 pixels, this shows me again why, awesome build !
my wife would take one look at that table and say “I’m not dusting that thing”. funny thing…. dusting is already one my chores
I’ll add that to the list of “things I didn’t plan for”. This list is only getting longer in hindsight.
I’m not sure about the dedicated table, but this would make a KILLER removable leaf in the middle of a nice dining room table.
Thanks for the fantastic idea! :D
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