POV displays for Ping Pong (and how to make your own)

Recently, UK design studio Troika came up with a concept Ping Pong paddle (they call them bats) that that uses LEDs to show the word “PING” or “PONG” as the paddle moves through the air. Pretty cool idea, but what if you could do the same thing for regular objects in your home? Maybe a door that shows “SLAM” as you close it?

Troika’s project was just a proof of concept of course, and isn’t available commercially, but why not make your own? It’s fairly simple with a little bit of internet searching, and some Arduino bits and LEDs. In fact, there’s a kit available from Make to get you started. Just think of it as real life twitter: a spoon that says “EAT”, or a toilet that says “FLUSH” as you move it. Of course, everyone will then know that you are an electronics genius, and you’ll have to fight off the women, but what the heck, it’ll be worth it.

[via Make]