Fra Fondi sent us info on this awesome soccer (foosball) table, made entirely of Lego parts, and programmed and controlled (sounds, score-keeping) with the Lego WeDo kit.

Sariel tells us that: “Counting the game score and returning balls to a box are both fully automated. The actual game remains, obviously, fully manual, with eight players on two axles for each team, and a single goalkeeper on a separate axle. The goalkeeper’s sideways movement is limited so that the gate is not accidentally left empty. The players’ axles use different colors for improved distinction. The game is played on a pitch paved with large tiles and surrounded with solid walls build of classic bricks. Both gates have WeDo motion sensors inside, arranged in such a way that incoming ball must pass in front of the sensor. The ball then falls into a simple system of hanging rails, with one rail for each gate and a single central rail that receives all balls and directs them to a box.”

Fra’s post on Hobby Media (Italian)
Sariel’s project page on his Lego site

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.