Mechanical Pong (!)

thingmaker3

Joined May 16, 2005
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Truly fun! :D

I wonder if they'll next make an RC Pacman w/acoustic "wokka wokka" in a 3-D maze?
 

Wendy

Joined Mar 24, 2008
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I got a mechanical pong when pong was brand new. Visualize a box with a flashlight (tight beam) on a gimble with a counter weight in back. A motor swung the light arm back and forth, but it moved up or down freely. The paddle knobs moved a couple of mechanical paddles up and down, if the arm made it past a paddle it hit a bar that went to a mechanical counter, and also a bell. When one counter or the other made 7 the power to the motor was cut.

It was fun, and for the day, cheaper than the electronics (though not for long). Think very early 70's.
 
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