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Space Foosball Table Looks Ready for Star-Trek

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Wow, the humble foosball table just continues to evolve. This latest incarnation keeps the familiar handles, but replaces the spinning players and ball with physics-powered graphics developed at Ewha Women's University in Korea. It looks pretty cool in action:

The handles are tracked by infra-red sensors, and the software uses that information to make the players spin on the virtual soccer-field in a realistic way.

The table was only really built to demonstrate the team's physics engine, so you won't be able to pick one up anytime soon. I'm OK with that: it's nice eye-candy, but I'd miss the satisfaction of hearing that old-school mechanical clunk when you score (or get too excited and almost break the table). [Space Foosball Project via Technabob]

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