Track Foosball Scores With Raspberry Pi Hack
Lyra Is a Handheld Gaming System Powered by a Raspberry PiRaspberry Pi Used to Steal 500 MB of NASA Data Want to learn more about Raspberry Pi projects? See our collection of them here.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on target Any college rec room or tech startup worth its salt has a foosball table, where folks can break from studying or coding for a game (or three). And digital design studio Matmi is no exception.“We all know the excitement in furiously spinning your strikers when you’re one goal away from a win,” the UK-based firm wrote in a blog post.But foosball—also known as table football (or table soccer in the US)—is decidedly less dramatic for spectators, standing around, hoping the ball doesn’t bounce off the board and into their face.“We wanted everyone—players and spectators—to have the same experience,” Matmi said. “We’ve put a lot of thought into how we could make the game more inclusive for all.”The answer, it turns out, is easy as Raspberry Pi.Using a Raspberry Pi 3 B+ computer, two microsensors, and a few cables, the team designed the Red vs. Blue Table Football Companion App. Players simply enter their names and track their scores in real time via a local Web page generated by the Pi.Celebrate with a shot of digital confetti with every goal.Matmi HQ’s table has been retrofitted with sensors on the pipes that transport balls from goal to tray: When a winning ball hits a trigger in the tube, it sends signals to connected software, detailing who scored and at what time.The display app runs from a Wi-Fi-enabled laptop.“I would like to further develop the app to make it a bit more self-sufficient,” the blog post said, tipping a portable Pi power source for easy movement of the table.“Also, I plan on adding a tournament mode to randomize the match-ups and display the brackets, adding a bit more excitement and pressure to the game,” the developers wrote.See the foosball companion app in action in the video above.