I want to build my own pinball machine. Can Raspberry Pi come handy??

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    Hi D.vader, and welcome to SE Raspberry Pi! While this question is upon an interesting, and amusing/entertaining, topic, it is rather terse. Could you edit your question and expand upon it somewhat? What research have you done so far? What hardware/software have you completed? What issues are you facing? The more detailed the description in your question, the more accurate the answers - and it also makes it more likely that someone will be able to help you... :-) Mar 27, 2016 at 12:47
  • @Greenonline I think that he is starting to meet a RPi world, and further details are coming. Right now he needs to know - will it suit his needs? IMHO Mar 27, 2016 at 13:02

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Yes, a Raspberry Pi could be useful.

  • bex you didn't say how
    – D.vader
    Mar 27, 2016 at 11:01
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    @D.vader Oh, sorry, but that wasn't part of the question. If you would elaborate your question, you can probably get a more detailed answer.
    – Bex
    Mar 27, 2016 at 11:02
  • @Bex - Harsh but fair... lol :-) Mar 27, 2016 at 12:42

Providing you can get all the parts necessary and then hook them up to GPIO pins, I don't see any reason why not. Pinball targets are pretty much all digital so there should be no problem there. Spinners might be analog, but you can add an analog-to-digital converter for that. Look up a few things to do with building arcade machines using the Pi for buttons and other controls. Where you would get the parts to refurb a pinball machine however, I have no idea!


I'm not sure if this is a trick question, but the answer is "Yes".

Here is a lazy google based answer:

This guy is building a pinball machine from scratch using a raspberry pi.

He hand-built a pinball machine based on the online comedy duo Rhett&Link and controls all the electronics with a Raspberry Pi.

... Ian Cole, who is refurbishing the pinball machine. He’s been kind enough to prepare a blog post about the project, the educational reasons for starting it with his kids, and a blow-by-blow account of the build, along with a huge number of photographs documenting what he’s been doing.

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