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Theremin Billiards

(originally titled "digital pool table")
 
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This is a computer system with a flat screen the size of a regulation pool table. There will also be an overlay available that drops into your own table. It uses radio signals to detect hand position relative to the table. The huge Liquid Crystal Display shows layout, balls, and virtual cue stick, and even a path line for training. Fun for trick shots, you can save and replay any layout. Choose the table style & game rules, and “rack’em up”. No need to mess with table level, losing balls or cues, and it stores away when not in use.
Amos Kito, Apr 11 2003

A couple shown enjoying Theremin Billiards. http://www.kunarion...o/gallery/table.jpg
The actual display wouldn't be quite so blocky, and may be a less expensive monochrome screen. You don't need an actual cue stick. [Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004, last modified Jul 16 2005]

for [bris]. http://www.kunarion...allery/for_bris.gif
top view of top link. [Amos Kito, Oct 04 2004, last modified Jul 16 2005]

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       wouldn't it be hard to see the screen if you're bent over and looking at a flat angle?
phundug, Apr 11 2003
  

       You need an LED screen, like the one in the MIT cafe. It's blocky as all hell, but it doesn't put out radiation, and it's good to look at from any angle. It's also real old, so resolution could be improved a bit.
Madcat, Apr 11 2003
  

       Now *that* I can vote for, being in favor of all things theremin. I take back my fishbone and proffer a croissant in its place.   

       (I always wondered why no one made a pool table like a pinball machine, with clangs and boings every time a ball hit a cushion or went in a hole.)
DrCurry, Apr 11 2003
  

       Nice idea. Creative. +   

       I don't quite understand the image you offer in your link [Amos Kito].   

       [benfrost] I like your Theremins. They're handsome. In fact, I might buy one.   

       <aside> Did you know that Theremin was a premier inventor of Soviet spy, bugging and surveillance equipment?
bristolz, Apr 11 2003
  

       [bristolz], the [other link] is a view from above. That's what I tried to superimpose on the table in the [first link]. There would be a digital cue stick on this table to match the guy's hand postions, and the balls should have more detail (numbered, etc.). But Photopaint wasn't cooperating. I'm sure it was the software's fault.
Amos Kito, Apr 11 2003
  
      
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