My Latin is pretty bad. Victory lies in the spirit of the machine, maybe? Or perhaps the spirit of victory lies in the machine?
It sounds like the flippers just fire when the camera identifies that a ball is somewhere in a zone that will cause the ball to be hit. I'm curious about doing more than that. I wonder how accurately such a system could aim for a particular target.
I think they could even skip the explicit implementation of ball position/velocity tracking.
They built a drunk pinballer flailing simulator...
When ball detected in flipper area, flip.
You could attach this to any commercial machine by connecting a relay where the flipper buttons would be.