Your mom always told you to keep your feet off the coffee table, but you’ll finally have good reason to listen to her advice with this wonderfully over-the-top Star Trek pinball machine sitting smack dab in the middle of your living room.
Real arcades are slowly becoming a thing of the past. When was the last time you saw a pinball machine in the wild, flashing and dinging its siren call for quarters? Fortunately there are reservations for the endangered
little big guys, and Pins and Needles is one you'll wish was in a warehouse in your neighborhood.
There's a great read over at Cheap Talk about how digital pinball machines changed the industry, back when there still was an industry. They were big tables where you flick a ball around, but they were smarter than you think.
Constructed from one large HDTV and a smaller LCD monitor, this machine, called HyperPin, makes for a surprisingly convincing pinball experience. The trick is in the software, Future Pinball. It's a real-time 3D pinball simulator for the PC, with which enthusiasts can recreate and play on their favorite tables in a…