Renowned mathematician John Conway, creator of the Game of Life, passed away on April 11. In honor of Conway and his work, software engineer Nick Kelly shared a Game of Life project (opens in new tab) designed to run on the Raspberry Pi.
Conway created the Game of Life in 1970. It uses a fixed set of rules to change cells in a grid. The cells can live, die, or multiply on each turn. It receives input only at the beginning, after which the player can watch their creation unfold and evolve.
LEDs are illuminated when a cell is alive and off when a cell is marked dead. Kelly used a Raspberry Pi 2, but any Raspberry Pi model would work for this project, including the latest iteration, the Raspberry Pi 4.
Kelly first created his project in 2015 but shared it again for any interested parties in light of Conway's death. You can explore the code used on GitHub (opens in new tab) and recreate this project yourself. Follow Kelly on his official website (opens in new tab) for updates and more Pi projects.