September 11, 2013

An Arduino-powered Foosball Scoreboard

Finally a project for the hardcore foosball/table football enthusiasts. Created by Jeff Murchison, the system has the look of a professional scoreboard as used in real events, yet neatly integrates into the foosball table. It starts with simple photoresistors which detect when a ball falls into a goal, with the data being correlated by an Arduino-compatible circuit and then sent wirelessly to the display unit hung from the ceiling. This has several numeric LED displays to display the scores and also the game time, and driven by MAX7219 LED display drivers to save a lot of work and PCB area. Jeff runs through a quick demonstration in the following video:

That's pretty cool and a great way to have fun with any table-sports games. For an interesting read head over to Jeff's blog. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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