Nintendo Zapper-controlled pinball

Fun & Games

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

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance 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 to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at

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