Air Table Tennis
More tennis, less table
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We’re always scouring the globe for new sports and amazing kit. So when we discovered Air Table Tennis we assumed those clever chaps in Japan had just spruced up a ping pong paddle. But that wasn’t the half of it...
Stu can master a rally while drinking his morning coffee!
Because with Air Table Tennis, the classic game has been completely reinvented. For a start, you don’t need a ball, a net, a table, a musty youth club basement, or even an opponent! Simply sweep the battery-powered paddle through the air as if serving a ball and your virtual rally will begin. You can play anywhere, from the living room to a lift!
So how does it work? Well, the Air Table Tennis paddle makes all the sound effects of a real game; starting with a satisfying ‘tock’ as you serve the ball. You’ll then hear it bounce over the table to your virtual opponent and their return shot. Judge the speed of their shot from the time it takes to bounce on your side of the table. Match the timing with your swing and you’ll hear that satisfying ‘tock!’ as you bat it back again. Then simply repeat! With your virtual opponent varying the speed of their returns, it’s like playing table tennis with a figment of your imagination, or an invisible Forrest Gump. It might sound crazy, but it’s actually really intuitive and ludicrously addictive.
Play Air Table Tennis anywhere:
Of course all of this takes a little practice, but Air Table Tennis makes a great coach. To learn how to perfect your timing, just switch the paddle to Rhythm Mode. In this mode your virtual opponent will return the ball at the same speed every time, so you can get the hang of a gentle rally and even jig along to the included music. When you really want to punish your opponent, the paddle has a Smash Button. Press it and it’ll put extra power in your swing. Will they be able to return it, or will you steal the win? Time it right and find out!
No ball games? No problem.
Take it on holiday with you
Even play table tennis in space!
How to play:
Take your shots forehand, backhand, over your head or between your legs. With Air Table Tennis it’s all about rhythm; so you can vary your technique (and attire) as little or as much as you like. Go on, make a smash!
Wear the wrist strap for safety
- Imported from Japan – download full English instructions – PDF
(You will need Adobe Acrobat or other PDF viewer to display).
- Play table tennis on your own, without a ball!
- Battery powered paddle simulates a rally with a virtual opponent
- 3 modes: Easy, Hard and Rhythm (practice)
- Smash button for winning the rally
- Measures approximately 14.8cm(W) x 25.8cm(H) x 1.5cm(D)
Bought this for my friends little boy, he is 7 years old. At first he was a bit confused by it as it wasn't an add on for a Nintendo wii, he then realised that it was an actual toy that worked without television!!, after. Showed him that you have to listen to it when you play he started to get the hang of it. It has 3 modes, easy, hard and musical play along. If you hit 20 strokes in a row and in Rythym you are rewarded with a happy noise and lots of effects. If you don't do it right, you are rewarded with a dissapointment NOOOOO!! And if you miss the ball, you can sometimes hit a window and hear the sound of crashing glass!!, very very funny.
It doesn't have a volume control which mums and dads won't like if you are easily irritable.
Big Rich, Edinburgh - 23rd September 2012