Ping Pong Only Gets Better When You Add Crazy AR Visuals

Ping Pong Only Gets Better When You Add Crazy AR Visuals


The setup was developed by Sergiu Doroftei, Bogdan Susma, Ion Cotenescu, and Silviu Badea for a Romanian electronic music and arts festival called “Rokolectiv“, and not only generates ludicrous on-table visuals but also keeps track of whether or not they’re affecting the players’ reaction times. Presumably, the answer is a perpetual and resounding “well duh”.

The technical details are a bit sparse, but we’ve seen similar projects like augmented reality pool that make use of Microsoft’s Kinect to keep a keen electronic eye on the game’s goings on in order to map out the chaos. The process here is probably pretty similar, though a few of the shots at the start of the video suggest that monitoring paddle-movement is a part of it all as well.

Overall, Pingtime is probably more fun to watch than it is to play but let’s face it: for a lot of us ping pong is damn near impossible anyway. We might as well be able to enjoy a light show while getting schooled, right? [Prote.in via Reddit]