Final Project | Floating Lights Out

What Is It?

Floating Lights Out is a lights out game that has a special way to save patterns of lights onto physical objects containing RFID tags. It lets players enjoy the game and then save and share their favorite challenges with others.

I conceived this project as a way to continue exploring the use of RFID, and to develop something that would express my interest in the ways that physical objects can contain hidden or invisible information. I wanted to make something that, while it worked simply as an enjoyable game or experience, also hinted at the way that we associate memories and other thoughts with objects in the physical world. Floating Lights Out attempts to accomplish this by taking seemingly disparate objects with embedded RFID tags and giving them all the same function, saving patterns of lights to restore later. By creating a context where the normal functions of these objects are not pertinent, I wanted to let people focus instead on seeing the objects as items that record some sensory “memory,” in this case, one of lights.

In action


  1. 1 ID-20 RFID Reader
  2. 1 RFID Reader Breakout board
  3. As needed, RFID Tag – 125kHz
  4. As needed, RFID Glass Capsule – 125kHz
  5. As needed, RFID Button – 16mm
  6. 1 Button Pad 4×4 – Breakout PCB
  7. 1 Button Pad 4×4 – LED Compatible
  8. 16 Diode Small Signal – 1N4148
  9. 16 Red LEDs
  10. 2 Break Away Female Headers
  11. 2 Break Away Headers – Straight
  12. Plenty of Hookup Wire
  13. Lots of cardboard/acrylic/body material of choice
  14. Items to attach RFID tags to.


The Code

Code for the lights out game is here.
I was not able to get RFID reading to work how I wanted it to. The code I was working on modifying came from this blog. The goal was to save the current board state the first time a new RFID tag is seen, and to restore it, replacing the current board state, the next time the object is seen.

The Making

Making Documentation


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