OpenWorm

“OpenWorm is an open source project dedicated to creating a virtual C. elegans nematode in a computer.”

openworm.orgOpenWorm Logo

Via Boing Boing:

Wagner James Au sez, “OpenWorm, as the name suggests, is a collaborative open source project to computationally create a simple artificial life form — an earth worm — from the cellular level to a point where it’s sophisticated enough to solve basic problems. They’re still in early stages, with the latest demo, a developer on the project tells me, being ‘a particle simulation of five connected muscle segments moving together through a body of water.'”

See also Caenorhabditis elegans @ Wikipedia:

Caenorhabditis elegans /ˌseɪnɵræbˈdɪtɪs ˈɛlɛɡænz/ is a free-living, transparent nematode (roundworm), about 1 mm in length, which lives in temperate soil environments.
Caenorhabditis elegans (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:CrawlingCelegans.gif)

Yes. The Handy Vandal approves. More of this, please.

Update: October 14, 2013

I added this post to the “Somebody Should Make This Game” category.

Modeling a nematode is fine, hooray for Science.

But man does not live by Education alone — we also need Entertainment.

Can I get a giant weaponized self-assembling cyber-nematode as a first-person shooter, in a secret weapon-breeding hive beneath a Soylent Green factory? Anyone …?

I’d pay to play that game!

Gameduino: an Arduino game adapter

Very intriguing … I’ll bet people do some cool stuff with this technology!
Gameduino

Gameduino connects your Arduino to a VGA monitor and speakers, so anyone who can write an Arduino sketch can create video games. It’s packed full of 8-bit game goodness: hundreds of sprites, smooth scrolling, multi-channel stereo sound.

Gameduino is designed, tested, documented and the prototype is built. The videos were all taken from the real hardware — all the demos are on the Gameduino project page.

What needs to happen next is a manufacturing run. Because the board uses a fairly fancy chip, a short production run is the only way to keep the cost reasonable. Your pledge gets you a Gameduino from this first run.

With a horde of Gameduinos in kitchens, garages and classrooms, the resulting old-school 2D mayhem should be considerable.

Gameduino is open-source hardware (BSD license) and all its code is GPL licensed.

kickstarter.com

So are you that kind of person? Does the Gameduino look insanely cool, and you’re already daydreaming about the games you’ll create? Then go make a pledge!

Via Slashdot.