HackPGH’s Ping Pong Ball Drop

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net

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By John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net

2246 Articles

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Pittsburgh hackerspace HackPGH used leftover helium from their LEAD Balloon project to facilitate another project: the Aerial Ping Pong Drop. They filled biodegradable party balloons and launched origami butterflies and ping pong balls into the atmosphere. What for, you ask? They used Egg-Bots to write a URL on each ball, so that when it was found, the finder could enter his or her latitude and longitude into a form, which populates a Google map.

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