That hasn’t stopped three chaps bringing Pong into the 21st Century in a form that resembles an air-hockey table.
Built with Arduino
Daniel Perdomo and two friends brought their 70s throwback to life using the popular Arduino hobbyist kit, programming the entire game from the ground-up. The result is actually quite delightful and should instantly trigger nostalgic memories for those early days of gaming.
"This project started about two years ago. I had the idea and I was talking with a few friends and [decided] to take the challenge and see how far could we go, working at nights in the free time. Just for fun," said Perdomo, who works in computer graphics for advertising. "We don't have any electronics, product design, or manufacturing background. All we knew for this was thanks to the Internet.”
The project has taken over two years to complete, but Perdomo maintains that this is a working prototype, with sight firmly set on scaling up production. In a testament to the genesis of many electronic products, the prototype has been entirely handmade. Beneath the sleek black glass surface are V-groove rails to direct the assembly between player points, all controlled by the Arduino “brain”. In another nice touch, Perdomo and his friends added rainbow LED lights to track and display player scores.
As others have pointed out, removing Pong from the confines of the television cabinet and into the real world was an excellent idea. The physical engagement with a game like Pong, in the style of an air-hockey table delivers a not entirely new experience, but certainly one that will keep you coming back.
Much like the original, I suspect.