'Ping Pong FM' Players Need to Cooperate to Hit the Ball to the Beat

By: Joey Haar - Oct 13, 2016
References: pingpong.fm & fastcodesign
Ping pong -- or table tennis, as the pros prefer -- has become an international sensation with high stakes, but the Ping Ping FM game turns table tennis back into the fun party game that it once was. Rather than focusing on competition with winners and losers, Ping Ping FM turns the entire party into winners by encouraging cooperation to play music through the game.

The Ping Pong FM system can work with any ping pong ball and table. All users need are the special paddles and the Ping Pong FM software. To play, party-goers select a song through the computer and that song plays as the ball contacts users' paddles (which are connected to the computer via a cable.) The trick is that the song will only play at the correct tempo if users make contact often enough and if they miss a shot, then the song stops.