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. If you are interested in seeing it, check it out here .
I have pretty much everything ready to go for the improved/revised Interactive LED Beer Pong Table except for the LED grid. I am currently waiting for another order of materials to be shipped to me so that I can prototype a way to make a grid so that it can be shipped and easily installed to the main PCB with a single connector. I ordered the materials that I needed, only to have the supplier send the wrong type of material. This is a bit of a set-back, but if nothing else, I can start providing PCBs and leave the LED grid setup up to you, the customer. I would rather provide the the completed LED grid as a whole, so hopefully this next shipment is the correct materials and I can do that. Cheers!