Smart Ball at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show
All the attention on Smart at the 2011 Frankfurt Auto Show might have been directed at the Forvision electric drive concept and the latest, third-generation 2012 Smart Fortwo Electric Drive, but Smart still had a use for the previous version.
Nestled next to a Ford driving experience was "Smart Ball". If you've ever played the world's first-ever computer game "Pong" then you'll be very familiar with Smart Ball. A large display screen showed two "bats" in the shape of Smarts, and a ball bouncing between the two like a primitive game of tennis.
No arcade-style joysticks here though.
That is, unless you consider a small, park, reverse, neutral and drive gear selector to be a joystick - as rather than a controller, players used a whole Smart Fortwo Electric Drive to play the game.
A small course was laid out for each player, with a gravel trap at each end in case the driver got a little too enthusiastic. Once the game starts a ball heads towards one player and the forwards and backwards motion of your car corresponded to the graphic on the screen.
Unfortunately we didn't have time for a go ourselves, but it was hilarious to watch the Smarts screech backwards and forwards to hit the little pixellated ball back and forth on screen.
We're looking forward to seeing more video-games reimagined with Smarts. Extreme parking with Smart Tetris, anyone?