Nerd Alert! - Mechanical Pong...

Discussion in 'Community' started by vollspacken, Sep 22, 2004.

  1. vollspacken macrumors 65816

    vollspacken

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    OMG, some German dudes have built an electromechanic version of Pong

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    excited??? ...check the "Pongmechanik" homepage

    you will find an introduction, pics, and you can also download an excellent quicktime video (German with engl. subtitles)

    hehe, can it get any nerdier than this?!

    vSpacken
     
  2. Counterfit macrumors G3

    Counterfit

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    Yes.



    Okay, maybe the Tetris isn't nerdier, but it's in mass production!
     
  3. Capt Underpants macrumors 68030

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  4. Toppa G's macrumors 6502

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    :eek: Wow, that is the coolest thing I've seen this week! I've got two arcade games in my living room closet at home - that would be a welcome addition! Hmmm. :D
     
  5. Counterfit macrumors G3

    Counterfit

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    No, it's sad that you haven't already! :D
     
  6. MacNeXT macrumors 6502

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    What makes it even nerdier is that all logic is built with simple relays. It would have been much easier and cheaper with a microcontroller but this fits nicely with the 'all-mechanic' concept.

    I once thought of something that could be a nice challenge for mechanic and software science: a real world game of pong where the bats are controlled by computers and two camaras trace the ball location. Would this be possible or would it be too difficult because of the speed and accuracy that's required?
     
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  8. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

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    So much better than an airhockey table - and smaller too.

    But that's some slick engineering and a ton of moving parts.... maintenance would likely be a pain. But its truly a nerds dream.

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