Electronically augmented Foosball brings competition to the office

This office has a Foosball league that automatically tallies and posts the standings for each employee. This is thanks to all of the extra electronics that were added to the Foosball table in the break room.

The system is connected to the internet via WiFi. This allows it to store the final results of each game for use on the leader board. Player first identify themselves to the system using the RFID tag embedded in their employee badge (normally used to open doors in the building). From there the game play proceeds much like you’d expect, but the scoring is handled automatically. Each goal has a laser pointed across it which is broken when the ball passes through. But there are a pair of arcade buttons in case of a scoring error.

Standings are listed at the webpage linked above. There’s even functionality for new employees to registers through this page. Don’t miss a glimpse of the build in the clip after the break.

Comments

  1. Robot says:

    It’s all so. . . precious. May as well go watch some Rapha videos or something. /hater

  2. eric says:

    Cute, I want one that plays me though.

  3. Gerard says:

    Does it handle the “gamelles” : the ball enter so violently in the goal that it bounce and exit the goal. Instead of increasing your score, the score of the opponent is reduced by one. Possible improvement would be a camera for recording and posting online the “fanny au bar” resulting from a null or negative score at the end of the game.

  4. tforrer says:

    Interesting….
    This reminds me of a project 2 years ago at the university of applied sciences in Munich where you could play against the computer on a real foosball table (which was nearly unbeatable):

  5. Gicasso says:

    Fun. It’s very similar to this one by another ad agency: http://digitalfoosball.com

  6. qwerty says:

    This hack is 95% presentation and 5% tech.
    Six years after the real hack linked below one would expect something more than a perfectly normal fossball table with goals sensors.

  7. Dudebro says:

    What a bunch of posers: macs, nodeJS, and fake indie video editing with old film filters…

    I waited the entire video for the “awesome part”, it never arrived. I thought you could control the board with a phone, or that the ball itself was simulated, why is it augmented reality anyway? because of the auto-scoreboard? that’s lame.

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