When Atari released the PONG arcade machine in 1972, it was meant to simulate a game of table tennis. This will be hard for the Call of Duty generation to comprehend, but here's a ten-second clip of what the game looked like in action:
Now Daniel Perdomo, a tinkerer from Uruguay, has succeeded in building a prototype of a physical version of the game. He's maintained the square—actually cubic, since we're talking 3D—"ball," rectangular "paddles," and same visual aesthetic. I figured this was just going to be a dressed-up air hockey table and was pretty surprised with what Perdomo came up with instead:
The Table PONG Project took Perdomo and his girlfriend Majo Martinez Lombard two years to complete. Now that they've proven their prototype works, "We are looking," they write, "for a hardware incubator to make it a reality."
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This version was way cooler - they did it all with relays!...