When the Red Sox made it to the World Series in 2007, the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Sciences turned on the Green Building’s lights to spell out SOX. For Game 6 of the 2013 World Series, MIT students went a step further, reproducing the Boston B in color. They’d already installed custom-built wireless LED boards in 153 windows to convert the building’s south face into a giant game of Tetris in 2012. Displaying the B on the building’s 17 x 9 pixel “screen,” which spans more than 80 by 250 feet, required only writing a new program. So as the boys in beards clinched the series in Fenway Park for the first time since 1918, MIT beamed its technicolor support from across the Charles.
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