For an interesting project for university, Instructables user "Cray-G" built an automated goal keeper for a simple tabletop soccer game. Although the concept may seem rather superfluous, the implementation is an interesting project and could form the basis for an intelligent two-player soccer game. In this example, a distance sensor detects the presence of a ball and controls a motor which moves the wooden goal keeper left or right. The goalie is moves via a motor that drives a belt from an old printer, for example:
The other required parts have been formed with a laser cutter, however all the design files are provided so you can recreate your own. With two of these and a few more distance sensors you could make an almost automated soccer game. However to find out more, visit the project page. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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