Some of you might remember a few years ago when we reported on a pinball machine with a plasma screen. The device in question looked like the image to the right.
However, if you hit the jump, you can watch a video of a digital pinball machine that takes this technology to the next level. As you can see, this Nike pinball machine, located in Spain, is not limited to a backboard to achieve its theme.
Right now, it is set to a “soccer” theme as part of Nike’s “Write the Future” campaign for the World Cup. You will even note that the pinball is a soccer ball and the flippers are Nike Shoes. Okay, that last part is just shameless promotion, but if there is one thing that Nike is good for, it is promotion.
However, I don’t see why this pinball machine couldn’t be some other theme. Say you like Indiana Jones, for example. Then the pinball could be the giant rolling rock at the beginning of Raiders of the Lost Ark and have the flippers be guns or mini-Indys, or something.
My point is that having two displays can make for pinball machines with very interesting and unlimited effects. Of course, the ball is virtual, so you might not have the element of tilting that you might have been able to do before. I guess with every technological advancement, there is a loss.