MAKERBALL started in early 2o16 as a master project at the Zurich University of the Arts and evolved to a purchasable design kit after a successful launch on the world's biggest crowdfunding platform Kickstarter.
"I've always liked playing pinball and wanted to own my own pinball machine, but I never had the means to buy one. Used models weren't an option either because I wouldn't know how to repair them. And I couldn't decide which kind of machine I wanted anyway. So I came up with the idea of Makerball: an affordable, simple and versatile DIY pinball machine for everyone." Lain, inventor of Makerball
In our efficiency-driven, stressed society playing is widely seen as a waste of time, especially by adults. Pinball too, has become a thing of the past and the appeal of pinball machines as icons of counter culture has faded. The aim of Makerball is to counter play's bad reputation. Makerball isn't loud, nor does it have any flashing lights. Here, the rolling ball becomes an object of meditation. Mindfulness and concentration instead of sensory overload.
We just provide the base, the rest is up to you. Makerball allows almost endless possibilities and is all about do-it-yourself: Expand, change, decorate, paint, hack, program and pimp it up the way you want it. There are no rules and the sky is the limit!
Creating own playfields is the heart of Makerball and part of the game and probably the most fun one. Go nuts! Makerball is also an easy way of starting to experiment with microcontrollers.