Tabletop Pong: turning a classic video game into reality

By andy

What happens when you try to turn the classic arcade game PONG into a real life tabletop game?

Evil Mad Scientist has done just that and come up with Tabletop Pong.

It’s a definite work in progress, but you can read the fascinating journey including photos and descriptions of the construction process.

Check out the video of it in action:

Obviously, some real world elements have crept in to the design — because the table isn’t quite level gravity takes its toll on the ball. Perhaps this makes the game even more playable (or fun, at least)?

In order to keep the ball moving (or to encourage it along) the paddles are powered and can detect when the ball has hit them. The play area is acrylic and the walls are beryllium copper finger strips which help the ball to bounce.

I definitely want one of these!


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