Ping Pong FM is a fun, musical take on table tennis. Choose a song and keep it playing at the correct tempo by keeping the ball in play. Rally too slowly, or drop the ball, and the music will wind down to a stop.
To announce Ping Pong FM to the world we created a website that featured the launch video as well as more information on the experience.
How It Works
Ping Pong FM uses a variety of tech to detect when the players hit the ball and adjust the music’s speed based on how well they’re playing. We placed contact microphones within each of the paddles to listen and detect reverb on the wooden paddles when the ball hits. An Arduino micro-controller sends a signal to a computer running a game app. This app, built in openFrameworks, keeps track of the pace of play and adjusts the speed of the song appropriately as well as re-syncing to the beginning of a bar after longer slow-downs.
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