Arduino Conway’s game of life

New miniproject using spare parts from last arduino course:


I wanted for a long time to use laser CNC to do some stuff. So finally I have done this small Conway’s game of life. In case you don’t know, it consist of an universe, in this case pretty small (8×8) cells. Each cell can be dead or alive and the state of each cell interact with the state of the neighbors cells state as follow:


  • Any live cell with fewer than two live neighbours dies, as if caused by under-population.
  • Any live cell with two or three live neighbours lives on to the next generation.
  • Any live cell with more than three live neighbours dies, as if by overcrowding.
  • Any dead cell with exactly three live neighbours becomes a live cell, as if by reproduction.


The result is a self evolving universe displayed on a 8×8 LED matrix.
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Little ikea hack

The result:

The process:

Polishing table

Polishing table


Ready to paint

Paint table


Caution wet paint

Caution wet paint