Paul Fryer's Vacuum Tube Chess set—one of only seven made—actually have pieces that light up when they're plugged in to the board. Now you'll know exactly when someone picks up a piece from the board. [Allvisualarts via MAKE via BBG]
Vacuum Tube Chess Set
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