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Rotating Pool Table

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The problem with pool tables is that they require a great deal of space. Not only do you have to have enough room for the table itself, but you need enough space all around to be able to draw back a pool cue. So unfortunately, for most people a pool table is simply out of the question.

But no more! Now you can play pool with the table pushed up against a wall, or even in a corner. When the rotate button is pressed, an array of magnets just underneath the felt lock all the balls into place (the balls would have to be specially designed metallic versions, of course). Once the balls have all been secured, the felt lifts up, and rotates 180 degrees. The rotation mechanism is designed so that the felt swings out in one direction (rather than rotating in place) so that even if the table is up against a wall, it is still able to rotate freely. Just don't stand too close while it's in motion.

ytk, Jun 16 2016

Rotapool http://rotapool.co.uk/
Space-saving [8th of 7, Jun 16 2016]

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       Why not go further? The "table" consists of an 18- inch square of baize, and a robotic arm places the cue ball in the middle of it for each shot. Everything else is VR.
MaxwellBuchanan, Jun 16 2016

       Hexagonal pool tables where the entire assembly rotates are Baked. <link>
8th of 7, Jun 16 2016

       Simply have the balls relocate via robotic arm placement for every turn required based on their previous position. This could even open up new games, where half of the balls are placed in mirror opposite sides every time something happens, like a scratch or 8 ball contact or something.   

       If you're going the VR route, then why not do 3D pool, in which now you're shooting balls in space?
RayfordSteele, Jun 16 2016

       My pool shark friends in CT would love this, and so do I. +
blissmiss, Jun 17 2016


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