Design Challenge: Table tennis is a sport comprised of players, wooden paddles, light-weight plastic balls, a net, a tabletop court, and epic skill. How would you re-imagine or improve table tennis using littleBits?
Tips: We recommend using the Premium or Deluxe Kit and combining it with the cloudBit as a way to create wireless alert systems and connect the game to the online world. Use outputs to create buzz/celebration or other events when a goal is scored. LEDs, buzzers, motors etc. I
Not sure where to begin?
- How might you enhance the traditional table tennis paddle?
- Could you invent a more effective way to keep score?
- Have you ever played table tennis in the dark? How might that work?
- Would it be possible to determine the speed of the ball between hits?
Table tennis got its start in Victorian England towards the end of the 1800s when dinner tables were re-purposed as miniature tennis courts. Before the discovery of celluloid balls, corks were hit back and forth across stacks of books by players wielding empty cigar boxes. Known as "whif whaf", "gossamer", and "flim flam", it was eventually bought by Parker Brothers and packaged and sold to the public as Ping Pong. Over the past century, the sport has grown in popularity and global reach, becoming an Olympic sport in 1988.
Examples of Table Tennis
Inspiration from Our Fellow Bitsters
Tennis Arcade by @msgre
Analog Pong by littleBits
Counter That Counts to 999 by @RichB
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