Using technology some interesting versions of classic games can be recreated, and one example of this is "Snakes and Ladders". A 21st-century version has been demosntrated by Les Pounder who named his version "Pythons and Resistors".
The game board has reed switches mounted under the heads of the pythons, and at the base of the resistor "ladders". These are connected to the Raspberry Pi's GPIO and activated when a player's piece is placed on top (as they each contain a magnet). With this the RPi can then detect if a player has landed on a point where they travel up or down the board and also play a matching sound effect. Finally the Pi also offers an electronic die through LEDs arranged in an appropriate pattern.
Furthemore Les has documented the project in a simple manner, making it suitable for all beginners, so visit his project page to get started. And for more, we're on facebook, Google+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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