Hacking a Pinball Machine

A few months ago some friends (digital artists) came to me asking to hack a Pinball Machine, they wanted to put the machine talking…

First I had to fix it, as the machine came completely dead 🙁

I have hacked it for about 2 weeks, trying to reverse engineering on the audio generator module but without any good results, so I decided to make a mechanical hack using some photo interrupters like this one, an Arduino and an Adafruit Wave Shield, this way it was easy to put the machine talking 🙂

Here is some photos and the videos of the machine working, but unfortunately it’s almost impossible to hear the voices as the audio wasn’t well recorded on the video.


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