When you play a game of billiards, you’re usually hoping to hear the satisfying clack of the balls. You’re probably not hoping to hear a sound like gunfire as your cue ball connects with the eight ball. But if you got your hands on some of the earliest plastic billiard balls, that was a chance you took.
For anyone who has ever had their ass handed to them in a game of pool, take comfort knowing that in the end, physics beats everything. A physicist has calculated how many collisions it takes for billiards to be impossible without a supercomputer. It's less than you think!
I'm not sure there's an explanation for this amazing set of pool tricks other than the guy doing them, professional pool trick shot player Florian Kohler, is just impossibly good at what he does or that Kohler has somehow found a way to coax all of the magnets on Earth to bend balls however he wants so they travel…
If you need any more proof that we're giving Nobel Prizes to the wrong people, behold the brilliant creation that is Putter Pool. It takes billiards and golf—arguably two of the laziest 'sports' known to man—and merges them into an indoor game that barely requires you to get up off the couch. Genius!
Unless you're being cremated, blasted into space, or turned into a cyborg, everyone will need a coffin at some point in their life. (Usually near the end.) And a company called Casket Furniture figures that since you'll be spending thousands of dollars on your post-life home, you might as well enjoy it as much as…
There are few things that scream bachelor pad more than a pool table. And even the skeeviest single guy knows you gotta eventually class it up. That's why this pool table by Fusiontable is so perfect. It's a modern dining table with a hidden, convertible pool table underneath. Business in the front, party in the back.
NOTE: I am going to avoid all "pool" table jokes. I hope you'll understand. But this waterproof...pool table, by Opulent Items, is great for anyone bored by their current swimming setup. Oh, also, youll need at least $6,500.
Knokkers is one of those rare athletic endeavors that's greater than the sum of its parts. And when the parts in question are jumbo-sized billiards and bowling, that's really saying something.
British scientists discovered a binary star system where it looks like the white dwarf star acted as a "cue ball," acting on the red dwarf and the two colored planets, like a game of Snooker.
The creators of the PR2 robot are finally done making it fold their laundry. Now they've finally put it to some good, honest labor: billiards. It's just like The Color of Money, except Paul Newman is a task-oriented robot.
If you like being distracted by projections and badass animations while you play pool, the Obscura CueLight is for you. It uses sensors and an overhead projector to create images that follow the balls as they bang around the table.
What IBM's Deep Blue computer is to Chess, Deep Green may soon be to the felt table. The impressive system of cameras and robotic gantries, from the computer vision lab at Queens University, is already at a "better-than-amateur level".
Hurricane Billiards makes some of the best custom tables anywhere, and this version entitled "Unique Autosports" is no exception. It looks better than my car I can tell you that much.
If I had a pool table in my apartment (which I definitely don't), I wouldn't want pool cues, balls and all that other stuff constantly in plain sight. Enter the leather cue bench.
Do you suck at pool? Well, this fancy system involving lasers and cameras shows you exactly where each ball on the table will go depending on where you're pointing the cue.