LED Tetris Tie for the Fashionably Geeky Gamer

This trendy neck tie will surely help you make a bold (and bright) fashion statement.


Electrical engineer Bill Porter from Florida is quite a local hero when it comes to all things geeky. This educator proudly posted on his blog that it took him about 4 hours to build the prototype for the LED Tetris tie.

Using 80 LEDs, lithium ion batteries, and electrical controllers which all cost below $50, Porter whipped up a dazzling neck tie that will surely make everyone stare. Complete with bright colors, the LED tie also shows the animated bricks being dropped down on the game board. For now, the movement of the LEDs is random, but Porter plans to make it possible to play the actual game on your tie using a smart phone.

Porter does give a new meaning to cool science. For years, he has been working with the National Science Foundation in encouraging elementary school students to hone their skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Porter has done various outreach works teaching kids the basics of robotics, chemistry, electricity, and everything scientifically awesome in between.

He even stars alongside his colleague, Dan Flisek in, “Science Brothers,” a fun educational program sponsored by the NSF that tours around Florida schools.  Currently, Porter and Flisek are electrical engineers at the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Panama City, Florida.

In his spare time, Porter enjoys tinkering with electronics here and there. Besides this nifty prototype for the LED Tetris Tie, he also designed a glowing LED display which he incorporated into his wedding tuxedo. What will he think of next?

Speaking of weddings, are you stumped on what tie to wear to that special occasion? Be geeky and fashionably chic by sporting any of these trendy designs: the 8-bit tie, and video game inspired ties.

Via Gizmo Diva