Create your own Interactive LED Beer Pong Table!
This instructable will guide you through all of the steps to in order to create a one-of-a-kind beer pong table complete with cup detecting RGB pods, automatic ball washers, a 32x12 ping pong ball LED grid, side LED rings for spectators and an RF interface to communicate wirelessly with a PC! It will teach you everything from theory of operation to modifying the table to suit your needs. First, I will take you through the modification and wiring of the table before we dive into the software side of things.
The toughest part about this project is just getting it started. There is a lot of prepping and labour to do before you can get anything real exciting working. However, if you can stick it out until you get the 32x12 LED grid in place, you will do just fine. Once you get up to that point, you can really start to see the potential for the table and it makes working on it a lot more enjoyable. I worked on this table on and off over the course of one year. If I were to build another one and had a set schedule of 8-hours per day to work on it, I could easily finish it within one week. The majority of the time that I spent on this project went into prototyping, development and writing the software rather than actually assembling the project.
Now come and take a tour with me through this Instructable and let us find out if you are up for the challenge!
Daily Planet on the Discovery Channel did a short segment with me on this project. I have removed the link to the video, as Daily Planet only stores video online for 6 month periods.
I am just shooting the video to finish up the second Instructable. I have really strived to make things as clear as can be and simplify the project as much as I can. Thank you all for being patient, I do work full time so I can't always devote as much time to this project as I'd like. That being said, if you are interested in a kit, I have them available at chexal.com/shop. They go in and out of stock frequently, as I am slowly building up larger quantities of kits and usually only have a couple of each kits available at a time. This will probably be the last update on this Instructable as I hope to have the Kickstarter, new Instructable and source code all available right away here. Shoot me a message on Instructables or at chexal.com if you have any questions. Cheers!