As I looked at this picture, I kept wondering ‘what is this creation all about’ till I read the name ‘Brunswick – Contender Electronic Air Hockey Table’. The name Brunswick has been associated with billiards table.
Infact, Air Hockey was invented by a trio of Brunswick engineers – Phil Crossman, Bob Kendrick, and Brad Baldwin – who were attempting to create a game utilizing a frictionless surface in 1969.
But this electronic air hockey table is a creation by Industrial Designer, Maya Fidler from Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. The table appears to be a mini portable version of an air hockey table, which can be played in your very own room. It would ideally appeal to air hockey lovers, who can play on it, whenever it is convenient for them.
Typically, an air hockey table consists of a big smooth playing surface. It does not involve a ball or a hockey stick instead you play with a puck and mallets. Air comes out of the tiny holes that reduces friction and keeps the surface cool. And a cool surface ensures good play speed.
Plastic is now most commonly used for manufacturing the table surface as it is cost effective. You also get pucks that use battery and fan to generate their own cushion of air.
I wonder if the ‘Brunswick – Contender Electronic Air Hockey Table’ is for sale. Incase it is, don’t miss the opportunity to be part of the Brunswick’s rich heritage. You could also take a look at the Foosball Table Game Design, or learn How to Build a Foosball Table Yourself.