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Video: Tesla Coil Shows Creative Spark To Play Mario Theme

Posted by Thomas Whitehead

Science wins

Occasionally we like to show the best of video game culture, snippets of creativity and ingenuity that show the love some have for our favourite hobby. Today the spotlight should focus on the engineers from student-run organization X-Labs from the University of Florida (USF).

According to scientific explanations that we don't fully understand, the team created an electronic transformer circuit that fires sparks 10-15 feet; the model created generates pitch and sound to match those great sparks of fire. There was a noble goal, as X-Labs founder Joe Register explained that this is in aid of giving a fun show to encourage kids to be interested in science, with the creation going on display at the upcoming USF Engineering Expo from 22nd/23rd February.

Naturally, after working on this Tesla coil for two years, there was only one tune to play. Step up... Mario.

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User Comments (21)



MAB said:

As if the coil wasn't nerdy enough they went for the daily double



gamingreal said:

lol they should of made that pole a flagpole, actually it kind of sound like the ds rumble pack with princess peach, yaknow how they integrated the rumble packs loud motor into the music



The_Fox said:

There are hundreds of different Tesla coil videos like this on Youtube, which proves one thing: playing with electricity is awesome.



FriedSquid said:

Symphonies of the future? Geez, I never knew changing the pitch like that was possible. this just shows how awesome nerds are

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