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Play Pong While Waiting for the Light to Change


If you find yourself on the streets of Hildesheim Germany you might be pleasantly surprised to be suddenly pitted against another pedestrian in a game of pong.

A student at the HAWK Interaction Design Program discovered the touchpad-based game affixed to lamp posts. While waiting to cross the street, the user can play a quick game of Pong with someone across the street while waiting for the light to turn green. Then you can greet your opponent with a smile or a high five as you cross each other

EDIT: This video has been revealed to be altered in post-production with motion-capture tools. It is not a real product but simply a concept video. Apologies for any confusion.

[via Dude Craft]

18 thoughts on “Play Pong While Waiting for the Light to Change

  1. Sorry but this is clearly and obviously fake. Not only would these things not last a week in the wild but it’s way too elaborate or expensive for any German city ever to put up. It’s done via motion tracking software on the original video image and you can clearly see the original (albeit touch control) pedestrian sensor once he crosses the street and the camera passes the post on the other side.

  2. And what good would the game be if your ball can bounce off the wall behind the paddle and you still are in the game, as the video shows?

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In addition to being an online editor for MAKE Magazine, Michael Colombo works in fabrication, electronics, sound design, music production and performance (Yes. All that.) In the past he has also been a childrens' educator and entertainer, and holds a Masters degree from NYU's Interactive Telecommunications Program.

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