Interact with the real world via the block world, with the Minecraft Christmas tree from the team at BroCraft Gaming.
Last month, David Stevens of BroCraft Gaming reached out to us about hacking a real Christmas tree with Minecraft. How intriguing, right? Definitely. And after a few more emails, David has informed us the tree hack is now live and ready for the world to interact with.
Here’s a blurb from the BroCraft team:
If you haven’t already, join our Minecraft server at brocraftlive.net, complete the tutorial, and type /mcct to enter our snowy wonderland. Collect power from the power blocks scattered around, then select a pattern from the Technician, and watch as the tree lights up LIVE on the camera stream! Take a look at our attractions, play our minigames, and see what else we have to offer on our server.
The tree uses individually addressable LEDs and the Neopixel Python library from Adafruit. A Raspberry Pi feeds all Minecraft server instructions to the lights with the help of a Java plugin.
You can view the live Christmas tree camera stream here, along with a brief FAQ on interacting with the tree within the BroCraft Minecraft server. You’ll need access to Minecraft to interact with the tree.
Minecraft Pi comes free with Raspbian on the Raspberry Pi! Sadly, you can’t access the Christmas tree with this version of Minecraft, but you can do lots of other funs things with our little computer and lots of blocks.