Crane Controllers are the Most Overkill Way to Play Pong

By Chris Mills on at

Ever looked at the wireless remotes you use for shop cranes — boxy yellow things the size of shoe boxes, with industrial STOP buttons — and think they’d be perfect for controlling the world’s simplest video game? No, me neither.

The intrepid YouTuber who put together the demo hooked up two crane controllers to a Raspberry Pi, used Python to hack the system together, and then had a (fully wireless) game of Pong running. There’s definitely easier, cheaper ways to play TV’s oldest game, but I still definitely want this for my living room. [YouTube via Hackaday]