Have you ever played found yourself in a long, boring game of Beer Pong wishing there was a little more excitement in the game? I know I have so I decided to try and make pong games a little more exciting in our house by making this interactive beer pong table! The general idea behind the table is to make the table respond to the state of the game, and change as the game progresses. In the example I have made here a series of tri-color LED's in the middle of the table change colors as cups are removed. (if you don't know how to play pong, please check this out first!
) The table's main parts are force sensitive resistors (to sense the cups), an arduino microcontroller, and lots of tri-color LEDs.
For time and expenses sake I have only made half of the table and with 6 cups instead of the traditional 10. However, as you will see there are endless customizable options to the table once you have the sensors built and arduino working.
This project served as my final project for a course at Carnegie Mellon University taught by Mark Gross called "Making Things Interact". Class Blog