Galactic Dimension: Jumbo-sized pinball machine for pure arcade fun
You say Pinball and the feeling of nostalgia is all that oozes in one’s mind. That arcade music keeps ringing in my head and the metal ball bouncing against all the props placed. Niklas Roy, a die-hard pinball fan and DIY project maker has brought those sweet memories back, but in a jumbo design. This is Galactic Dimension, a supersized pinball machine designed by him for Phaeno Science Center in Wolfsburg, Germany; and it more than meets the eye. Everything about this machine is colossal as it invites pinball lovers to try their hand on a 3×6 meter machine inspired by the cosmic vastness and UFOs.
Niklas got an invitation from Phaeno curator Davy Champion to design a pinball installation for the spaceship shaped museum and Niklas absolutely knew what he had to do. Everything is scaled to big proportion in this pinball machine with fans, flippers, hair dryers, sewer pipes and a ball off course. All this was perfectly modified to get the shape of a huge pinball machine that has Arduino micro-controller as the brain, electronics like motors and actuators doing all the flipping and bouncing of ball off from bumpers.
For a Pinball game, to engross the users in the gameplay music is vital and Niklas has that sorted out too. He hacked electronic toys like laser gun to create a perfect audible environment for the arcade game. The pinball game is placed on a wooden ramp and to do the scoring a huge calculator is displayed alongside the game controls.
Galactic Dimension is so cool that the people who tried it out at the Phaeno Science Center just loved it. The exhibition goes on till September 2015 and Galactic Dimension is going to be there for everyone’s delight. If you happen to be around in Germany and pinball is your game, you know the place to head right over to.