Interactive Pickleball Simulator
PBS GO is a pickleball simulator capable of having one player play against the computer or up to two players play simultaneously against each other. Powered by a total of three Arduinos, in each remote is an Arduino that allows this device allows users to control the players with a remote that includes a joystick and accelerometer to move the players and to swing at the ball. The third Arduino powers a NeoPixel Matrix that displays the score of each player, so that the user and everyone around can see who is winning. Surrounding the technology is an enclosure made out of wood to protect the technology from being damaged or destroyed, as well as to provide a welcoming atmosphere for anyone to come and enjoy a good game of pickleball. Whether you do not live near any pickleball courts, or if the weather is not optimal to play in, the purpose of PBS GO is to allow anyone to play at any time.
This project was done as a group with Jessica Herring.
To summarize my user testing, there was a lot of positive feedback correlating to the design of the casing, the paddle holders, as well as the way game is programmed and structured. Some critiques we received were that we should look into making the players larger on the screen, as well as to have the the enclosure more tight fit with the monitors. Some users thought that it would but nice if the paddles could go into paddle holders with the paddle head face down, so that they do not have to disconnect and reconnect the wires every time they play the simulator and to possibly look into making the paddles wireless.