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Stern's home pinball tables have hacking in their future

The company is showing off some its latest tables at CES, including models with future software updates in mind.

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LAS VEGAS--In the last few years, Stern has been making geek friendly pinball machines based on popular franchises like Transformers, Iron Man and The Avengers. But priced at $5,000 to $8,000, they've been out of the reach of people to own at home.

The company's newer models buck that trend, and come in at a smaller size, weight, and price tag at around $2,500.

Two of those were out for play here at the Digital Experience event, a smaller showing by the company that is also debuting its latest creations in the Las Vegas Convention Center. Both are being sold on Amazon, aimed at consumers who want a pinball table for their home.

The models weigh 125 pounds and make use of a USB dongle in the back, which the company says it tentatively plans to make available for people to change the table rules, and other gameplay features long after they've purchased the unit. This could eventually lead to a way for people to create and share their own rules and types of play through a series of APIs, the company said.