Italian furniture company PLANK sent director Lucas Zanotto some of their modern furniture and asked him to do “something” with it. So he and his nephew spent two weeks of trial-and-error incorporating the furniture into ping pong ball trick shots. It took over 2000 attempts to capture the 90-second ad spot.
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Furniture designer Stelios Mousarris created this unique ping pong table with a mountainous metal base. The 3D-printed steel wire mesh started as data from Google Earth, then translated into a 3D model. A removable wire net at its center means its walnut tabletop doubles as a dining table.
Put three different games in the space of just one with this versatile gaming table. Its center rotates between air hockey and billiards modes, and can be covered up with a table tennis surface, which attaches securely to its top. It measures 84″ l x 44.5″ w x 32″ h, and comes with all necessary accessories for all three games.
Beyond Slow Motion teamed up with PhysicsGirl to demonstrate a vacuum-powered cannon that can fire ping pong balls at more than 800 mph. Using two high speed cameras, they captured footage of each ball as it launched and met its maker against various objects. Dive into the physics at work here.
Bitluni’s Lab follows up his sweet LED video wall with a much bigger and more spectacular version. This time, the light grid is made up of 1200 RGB LEDs, set into a punched sheet of aluminum, each capped with a ping pong ball to diffuse the light. This one can also stream live video.
We’re not sure if the surface of a ping pong table made from concrete and rebar is ideal for gameplay, but Modustrial Maker’s heavy duty outdoor table build still looks amazing, especially with its LED under-lighting and light-up net, and set against the desert sunset.
Chinatown Market and Urban Outfitters‘ unconventional ping pong table is emblazoned with two official Smiley faces, one on each player’s side of the net. It folds up for storage, and has wheels for easy movement. Sadly the matching ping pong paddles and balls are sold out.
While watching a ping pong match, something caught this smartphone shooter’s eye – two girls in the background playing a frenetic game, one of whom was playing with her face instead of a paddle. From what we can tell, this was actually a Japanese commercial for face cream.
(PG-13: Language) “This is no casual game in the caravan park activity room.” YouTube’s favorite vulgar commentator Ozzy Man Reviews looks at some of the best ping pong plays in 2016. He’s impressed by the “f-you, nah, f-you” rallies, the table’s leg game and more.
Practice your ping pong game with Trainerbot. Use its app to specify a shot type, spin and location and it will get it right every time. You can also program a string of shots as one drill, or play right away with its random, smash and beginner modes. It holds up to 30 balls.
YouTuber T-Man shows off his ability to hit a precise location with a table tennis ball in this compilation of trick shots. Like most trick shot videos, we have no idea how many attempts these took, but the fact that he could nail most of these at all is impressive.