play tetris with biological pixels made from jellyfish DNA

play tetris with biological pixels made from jellyfish DNA

cell-free technology has extracted and enhanced the green fluorescent protein from jellyfish to create a not only fun but educational biological pixel. this, known as ‘bixel’, explores the boundaries between computers, machines and organic materials to create working and manipulable digital displays. this can be used to make pictures, gifs and games, as well as potentially for education, creativity and interactive learning.

the electronics behind making the biological display
all images courtesy of cell-free technology



‘bixels’ by cell-free technology is an 8×8 bit cartridge programmed using DNA made from a tube containing a protein extract from jellyfish – the property that gives them their glowing colors. the biological pixels, when incorporated with technology, can digitally shift by using a smartphone app. although aimed to be used to play, create, explore, inspire and learn, it aims to help bring about an awareness of bio-engineering. furthermore, it proposes the discussion about humanity and its ability to alter its biological surroundings.

the jellyfish’s protein provides the natural, green fluorescent color for the bixels



the DIY bio-maker and display kit is set to launch on kickstarter on november 29th 2017, where cell-free technology are seeking to make the innovation more accessible and affordable to all.

the biological pixels can be viewed through a filter box


each tube contains the protein needed


combined with technology, smartphones can manipulate the displays


the filter box can be made from flatpack


bixels aims to raise awareness for bio-engineering


it can be used for pictures, gifs and games


as well as education, creativity and interactive learning


the technology launches on kickstarter on november 29th 2017

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