This blog will be a repository for information on building the open pinball project. “Open” because the design is going to be placed out on the web so that you can build the machine yourself. My dream is to build ten of these machines and to make the design open enough so that the hardware can be reused on virtually any machine that can be dreamed up.
The machine is going to use custom hardware and custom software. The architecture consists of a main processor, solenoid driver boards, input boards, LED lighting boards, and a display driver board. The processors can be configured for many different pinball games. Each one of these elements will be described more fully as the design progresses.