Today I learned that the recently ascended Prince was a ping pong fanatic, and it made me want to try to take up the game in his honor. I don’t know if that will ever happen, but I do know that the Table Tennis Trainer would make it a lot easier to try to get on Prince’s level in this particular activity.
Unfortunately for me and millions of other Prince disciples, the Table Tennis Trainer appears to be just a concept project at this point—a bachelor thesis from designer Thomas Mayer. But the concept is incredibly strong: An interactive touchscreen interface over a traditional ping pong table, that can provide training exercises, onscreen “obstacles,” tracking overlays, keep score, and much more.
Whether or not the Table Tennis Trainer or something like it ever goes into production is currently up in the air, but for now you can see it in action in the very cool demonstration video below. And for more from Thomas Mayer, stay tuned to his Vimeo account right here.
Here’s the video: