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Play Tetris on this LED-equipped tie and leave onlookers puzzled

It's time to do away with the mundane pinstripe tie, and add this playable Tetris tie to your wardrobe.

The tie, which comes complete with animated falling tetrominoes, is the work of naval engineer Bill Porter. His DIY neckwear makes use of a tiny DigiSpark microcontroller, around 80 RGB LEDs, and of course an actual necktie.

Porter estimates that his 8-bit creation cost him around $50 to make, and he hopes to improve it with Bluetooth connectivity, allowing someone to play Tetris on the tie via a connected smartphone that acts as a controller. But don't go looking for one at your nearest Macy's just yet--Bill's creation is only a prototype.

Yup, we live in a world where Bluetooth enabled ties are becoming a thing. Now, how about adding that addictive music, too?

[Bill Porter]

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