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You can now play Pong on your $300 Nexus Q. Sort of…

July 14, 2012

Google’s sci-fi inspired Nexus Q was one of the big surprises of this year’s Google I/O event. The orb-like device (made in the USA) was received with quite a few raised eyebrows, and some of the biggest questions were “what does it do?” and “why the heck it costs 300 bucks?”.

Leaving those burning questions aside, inside the menacing black orb, the Nexus Q is basically a tiny Android-powered computer. That means that it’s only a matter of time before people hack it and find new uses for it, besides the official, social streaming functionality promoted by Google. We’ve seen that it’s possible to load Android games on the device, but did you know that you can actually play Pong (or a generic, non-trademark infringing version) with the Nexus Q?

BrickSimple, a mobile development shop in Pennsylvania, has hacked the Q to act like a sort of controller for a Pong-like game. You can control the pad by rotating the volume controller (the orb’s top hemisphere) left or right. The developers just wanted to demonstrate the flexibility of the Nexus Q, and I am sure that we’ll see plenty more examples in the future.

Check out the video below, and, if you’d like to tinker with the Nexus Q yourself, there’s a code sample on the YouTube page that you can use.