The Ponginator: A Giant Ping Pong Ball Shooting Robot


The Ponginator is a three stories tall robot that can fire ping pong balls at up to 170 miles per hour. Its inventor, Vernon Graner of the Austin Robot Group explains:

Ponginator is a robot, and as far as robots go, this one is fairly simple. It plays music, says a few words cribbed from audio files, and shoots ping-pong balls from pressurized air guns.

A Parallax Basic stamp-based microcontroller in a computer behind the robot controls the robot’s ping-pong balls, which leave the barrel at 170 miles per hour.

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