Electromechanical Pong

From: Pete Turnbull <pete_at_dunnington.u-net.com>
Date: Thu Sep 23 17:54:22 2004

On Sep 23 2004, 21:50, Jules Richardson wrote:

> I was just thinking that it would be an interesting challenge to
build a
> fully mechanical version - no electrical parts whatsoever.
> pong, that'd be different... "Babbage Pong", maybe... :-)

OK, but you have to use proper graphited yarn instead of PTFE and
O-rings. Or use compressed air - you can buy the gates off the shelf
if you're rich enough.

> And given the light loading involved, why not use wooden gearing
> of metal: "Organic Pong"...

Ow! If you'd ever tried to build wooden gears that don't self-strip...
 Of course, you could go the whole hog and use disks with pegs in them,
and a water wheel to power it, but you'd be in for a surprise when you
find out how much energy it takes to turn such constructions :-)

Pete						Peter Turnbull
						Network Manager
						University of York
Received on Thu Sep 23 2004 - 17:54:22 BST

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