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The 24/7 hardware hacking juggernaut known as Jeri Ellsworth whipped up this controller hack for a Star Trek pinball game. You fire a Nintendo Zapper light gun at some IR sensors that trigger the flipper switches. Jeri shows you the simple circuit she used and the operation of the machine. Set phasers to frustration… er… I mean fun!

Light Gun Controlled Pinball – Set Phasers to Fun

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.


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