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Space Foosball table looks ready for 'Star Trek'

The latest incarnation of the humble foosball table keeps the familiar handles, but replaces the spinning players and ball with physics-powered graphics.

Space Foosball
Space Foosball Project

Wow, the humble foosball table just continues to evolve. This latest incarnation keeps the familiar handles, but replaces the spinning players and ball with physics-powered graphics developed at Ewha Women's University in Korea. It looks pretty cool in action:

Space Foosball
Space Foosball Project

The handles are tracked by infrared sensors, and the software uses that information to make the players spin on the virtual soccer field in a realistic way.

The Space Foosball table was only really built to demonstrate the team's physics engine, so you won't be able to pick one up anytime soon. I'm OK with that: it's nice eye candy, but I'd miss the satisfaction of hearing that old-school mechanical clunk when you score (or get too excited and almost break the table).

Space Foosball from yunsil heo on Vimeo.

This story originally appeared on Gizmodo.