So, if you were wondering what [Kenn Sebesta] was working on that needed yesterday’s hack, this is it. The plate can maintain the cue ball in its current position or make it travel an arbitrary path like a circle or figure-eight. It can also avoid obstacles placed on the plate. Kenn has documented his project thoroughly and covers many of the problems he faced along the way, like how to find the ball in the webcam image. Like most quality thesis projects, it’s constructed out of LEGO.
UPDATE: Now with video!