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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
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
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.
Space-saving [8th of 7, Jun 16 2016]
||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.
||Hexagonal pool tables where the entire assembly rotates are Baked. <link>
||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?
||My pool shark friends in CT would love this, and so do I. +