What it does
Google Pong is a beer-pong game designed for the Google Tabletop Prototype. This game introduces an entire new genre of apps to follow and shows the potential of the Google Tabletop
How we built it
The game itself is built with HTML5 and JS. We also used the Tabletop API to add voice commands to our app, and we used fancy physics to calculate bounce arcs for increased user feedback.
Challenges we ran into
This was our third idea. We first tried two web-apps, but they kind of fizzled out. We played with the Google Tabletop a bit and as soon as we realised the untapped potential, we dived right into product design.
Accomplishments that we're proud of
This is a type of game that no one has ever made before. There are "virtual" beer pong games, but you just flick a virtual ball. With this game, the power is in your hands.
We see a bright future for this genre of apps. There are plenty of other games that can utilize this bounce-infrared mechanic of the Tabletop. There are also utilities and educational apps that can benefit from this.
What we learned
We learned that sometimes, its less about the code you write and more about what it stands for. The code isn't impressive, most people could come up with it in a short amount of time. Instead, its the infinite possibilities it's opened up that matter most.
What's next for Google Pong
Unfortunately, I don't own a Google Tabletop yet, they aren't for sale. This makes it hard to continue to develop apps that exploit Tabletops features. I hope some day soon I'll be reunited with a Tabletop and I can work with it again!