I live in Logan Square in Chicago and have this glass block window in the front of my building. Because I spend too much time with computers, every time I looked at the wall it seemed like a grid of pixels. I had seen LED pixel walls before, but never ones that would let light through during the day. I had been thinking about this challenge when I heard Mike Kuniavsky and Tod Kurt talk about the BlinkM modules that their company ThingM makes. These modules seemed perfect, so I ordered 126 of them and set to work.
Because the wall is public facing I wanted to make it interactive, so as someone walks by it reacts to their movement. I couldn’t resist the idea of making a “bricks” style game out of bricks, so this was the first project. The video below shows this game in progress. I wanted to design it so as people walked by, they would control the paddle and would start to play the game without intending to.