The Ponginator – A Robotic Combination of King Kong and Ping Pong

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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.

Weve been doing a series on crazy inventors with crazy inventions. Vernon Graner and the creation he built with the Austin Robot Group, Ponginator, certainly qualify as crazy.

Of course, what makes Ponginator different is that Ponginator is three stories tall.

A microcontroller in a computer behind the robot controls the robots ping-pong balls, which leave the barrel at 170 miles per hour.

The robot was built to promote the Austin Robot Group and to get people asking questions about robotics in general. If youre in the Austin area, and think building your own multi-story monstrosity of pingy, pongy death is right up your alley, check out The Robot Groups site.

Theyre the people you want to talk to if you are going to try this at home. Otherwise, dont try this at home.


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6 thoughts on “The Ponginator – A Robotic Combination of King Kong and Ping Pong

  1. Can I buy it?! I …
    Can I buy it?! I want to set it up in the garden so it will fire ping pong balls at any dastardly kids that walk on my lawn! LOL.

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