A couple of years ago Sega showed off a surprise development at the annual JAMMA show in Tokyo called Heat-Up Air Hockey. It used an overhead projector to create an image on the playfield below, and on top of that, the imagery reacted to the play. It was a great idea but not a cheap one as tables were selling for about $20,000. This idea you’ll see below is very similar, instead being applied to a pool table (which plenty of venues use in addition to arcades to bring people out to play) and was actually developed around the same time but for whatever reason it went under our radar until now, the CueLight Interactive Pool Table System by Obscura.
Obscura’s website doesn’t list a price and I’ll take a guess that it’s not a couple of hundred dollars to add to a pool table but the fact that it can be added to existing tables is a neat idea – one that I’d like to see applied to air hockey tables, if the price was right. If such a system existed it would certainly be tempting to add to my present air hockey table to spice it up a bit and that’s crossed my mind several times to be honest as the technology is there to make it happen.