The details are kind of hard to make out (it’s safe to say no devs ever intended for it to be played on a tiny 128×32 pixel monochrome display), but, sure enough, they’re playing Doom on an electronic pregnancy test using a wireless keyboard.
But on Monday, Foone upped the ante significantly. “Yesterday I had a lot of retweets and reddit posts and such for playing Doom on a pregnancy test,” they tweeted. “But as I explained then, it wasn’t really PLAYING on a pregnancy test, it was just a video being played back, not an interactive game. Well, now it is.
Over the weekend, California-based programmer Foone Turing posted several videos of their progress reverse engineering an Equate electronic pregnancy test.
And while I’d like to say we can welcome electronic pregnancy tests into the hall of unlikely Doom consoles (right alongside ATMs, Nokia phones, and pianos) I’m afraid that, in the end, that’s only half true.
Still, turning an electronic pregnancy test—which, as we learned last week, are surprisingly low-tech given their reputation for superior accuracy—into essentially a tiny computer is absolutely insane.
As Foone explained, they had to completely replace the device’s existing CPU, which can’t be reprogrammed, and switch out its LCD screen for an OLED display capable of showing more than a few lines for “pregnant” or “not pregnant. “To clarify what I’m doing here: this is a replacement display AND a replacement micro-controller.
Still, turning an electronic pregnancy test … into essentially a tiny computer is absolutely insane.
After some heavy tinkering, they managed to play viral meme videos like Rick Astley’s “Never Gonna Give You Up” and “Bad Apple!!! ” from the Touhou Project series on the device as well as a clip from 1993's Doom and 2011's The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.