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Clear Pool Table Answered

Not only is this pool table pretty amazing for being see-through and having the same action as a regular pool table, it's also a senior project that has been turned into a real business. Personally, I'm still a sucker for the felt and not being distracted by all the slick rails underneath. Also, at AUS $40,000 it's deep in luxury territory.

I still hem and haw about dropping a few bucks to play on a nice, clean table at a parlor and only get a few games a year in at a friend's house (thanks, Jeff!). But if you have pools full of cash, here's one for you.

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tinker234
tinker234

9 years ago

hey isnt a sheet of gorilla glass on top

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JustModIt
JustModIt

10 years ago

imagine the sound it would make if a ball bounced on it.

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rachel
rachel

11 years ago

"A special combination of glass and resin provide the same resistance you'd get with felt". I admit to some suspicion about this. There's a relationship between smooth and see-through. I'd love to take a look at one of these... next time I'm in Australia I guess!

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palachi
palachi

11 years ago

IT IS ART ! WELLDONE !

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oligore
oligore

11 years ago

You wouldn't be able to tear it and it wouldn't really matter if you spilt a drink on it.

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Clayton H.
Clayton H.

11 years ago

Not something you would want to put in a bar..

slight mabye in a coctail bar...

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Jonny Katana
Jonny Katana

11 years ago

Now if you could just put a massive LCD under the glass, chips in each ball, and some sort of sensor array to determine ball position, this could be even more interesting. It would make a good table for (very wealthy) beginners and (very wealthy) show-offs.

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Derin
Derin

11 years ago

This gave me an idea.Get a pool table without felt,paint the surface,waterproof the playing surfaces and fill it with water.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

You need fish too, to REALLY distract the other players LOL

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Derin
Derin

Reply 11 years ago

Fish trained to move the balls to your advantage :)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

or at very least, to swim around the opponent's cue ball until he miscues. ;-)

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Derin
Derin

Reply 11 years ago

:D I'd pay 20 dollars to see that!
$20=~30TRL

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 11 years ago

$20 USD = $30 THOUSAND TRL (30,000) !

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Derin
Derin

Reply 11 years ago

Nope,that was before the changes to currency.It may be TRY too.

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 11 years ago

TRL = Turkish Lira...

TRY = ?

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Derin
Derin

Reply 11 years ago

New turkish lira.

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Sandisk1duo
Sandisk1duo

Reply 11 years ago

you'd have water everywhere!

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KentsOkay
KentsOkay

Reply 11 years ago

Or some sorta tank thingy with a glass top....

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Plasmana
Plasmana

11 years ago

That looks really nice, but a bit too fragile for me...

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jeff-o
jeff-o

11 years ago

Give me a slate base, green felt and heavy wooden construction any day. This looks cool, but I wouldn't want to play on it. And imagine the smears and fingerprints! You'd have to whip out the Windex after every game.

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 11 years ago

One thing that came to me later was that while the resistance is the same as felt, I wonder how the English is on it. On the plus side, you can spill a drink on it and it's OK!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Huh? What did I say?

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the_burrito_master
the_burrito_master

Reply 11 years ago

you said that it would distract you if the support was on the glass.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

I am sorry if I said something offensive

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the_burrito_master
the_burrito_master

Reply 11 years ago

no but it's just kinda weird that that would be distracting.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Solids are less distracting, shadows and refections, especially moving ones, off the floor might be quite a hindrance to my ability to concentrate ;-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

Yes, did you look at the second picture? I thought the reflections would make it worse

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Sandisk1duo
Sandisk1duo

11 years ago

i would be a little scared to play on it....

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omnibot
omnibot

11 years ago

Cool. A hotel on my way to the office has a glass fussball-table.

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Labot2001
Labot2001

11 years ago

By AUS you mean Australian dollars (AUD) ? That would set it at $26k in USD or $18k GBP. Either way, that's a lot of cheese. But it sure is purdy.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

11 years ago

I'm with fungus on this, I would be way too distracted by the undercarriage, especially where they support the table top surface at the four points; and THEN to put it on a polished floor with the frame's reflection to deal with. No thank you. I rate it COOL but very impractical.

If you lighted it with purduecer's LED's (especially flashing ones) that would make it worse to play one (kind of like midnight bowling with the lights down low....a kind of a fad around here about 25 years ago...).

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 11 years ago

Wee still have that, I can't see under blacklights... makes it awful hard...

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 11 years ago

UV lights? Whoa, they didn't do that in the ones I went to. just lowered the lights, and turned on the lights where the pins were....without being able to see the marks on the alley itself, I couldn't score worth a fart in the wind.

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

11 years ago

I wonder if it produces the same friction as the felt on a pool table, as pool tables, afaik, are supposed to have (the friction).

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

Well, if you follow the link (or know what Ed means by "action") you'll realize that they are claiming that it does.

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

Hmm... That's pretty inventive.

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kelseymh
kelseymh

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah, I thought so. I had the same picture as you -- billards that look more like a game of air hockey :-)

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fungus amungus
fungus amungus

Reply 11 years ago

Took me a moment to see that one. Unintentional I swear!

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pls
pls

11 years ago

Looks like a fine piece of art :D

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

11 years ago

does it ever break???

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=SMART=
=SMART=

11 years ago

just saw this over on Geekology, pretty cool !

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purduecer
purduecer

11 years ago

not bad, now throw some leds in it...every project must use leds ;-) (maybe an mp3 player as well, or a touch screen :-P)