Pinball machine as Etch A Sketch

Posted to Data Art  |  Tags:  |  Nathan Yau

When you plan pinball, the ball bounces around creating paths for itself and the better you play, the more control you have over those paths. Recent design graduate Sam van Doorn modified a machine so that you can see those paths in his project STYN. A poster is placed underneath the flippers, and the ball gets a douse of paint on the way out, so you get a unique sketch each time you play. [via infosthetics]


  • I don’t really understand this. He talks about a “grid” used to make different patterns, but it’s not clear exactly how he changes layout without rebuilding the table itself. Also, I don’t really understand “better play,” as there don’t seem to be any objectives. Was this supposed to be “better aim”?

    • @AJ, I’m not sure about this, but my guess is he has a sort of peg board underneath with holes in it. Then you can stick pegs anywhere in the board. Then I’m guessing you string the bands around two pegs to form the bumpers.

      By “better play” I think he just means not letting the balls drop too soon.

      I wish he’d posted more pictures as it seems like a cool project.


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