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 .
Thanks for being so patient with me! I do work full time and bringing a product to market has taken a little longer than expected. I have a few kits on hand right now but I am planning on launching a Kickstarter campaign for March 21, 2015. I am almost finished my new Instructable (http://www.instructables.com/id/EDMXNX9I3PK0J8H/) and only have to add some photos, video and touch up some of the writing. I have my website fully functional and only need to add some more depth and tutorials to it but that will come with time. Right now I am focused on finishing this new Instructable and then creating a more advanced manual for the operation of the table with code examples. My website is Chexal.com and I will also post another update there. Email me on here or at email@example.com if you have any questions or inquiries. Once again, thanks for being patient! It's been a long road, but the project is finally at a stage where it can be replicated with easy-to-follow instructions and works 100%.