deeproot Pinball has spent years developing a unified platform of various technology systems, intellectual property, innovations, and offerings to suit the needs, desires, and experiences expected by pinball enthusiasts all over the world. Many of these are protected by US and international laws as filed for (or in the process of seeking) protected patents.
WE AREN’T DONE YET! We’ve only released about 60% of what we are currently working on. As we continue to innovate (and we will), we will continue to update this page to reflect the comprehensive deeproot Pinball platform.
- Ae – Arcade Edition
- AE – Aural Envelope
- GI – General Illumination
- IP – Intellectual Property
- WB – Williams and/or Bally
- Xe – X Edition
Since WB games helped drive and inspire our Company’s vision of pinball, it is only fitting that we would want deeproot Pinball machines to look similar (or the same) when in a collection with the WB games we all love.
Let’s start with the cabinet body itself. While the dimensions vary slightly, we have chosen to stick close to the dimensions found in the ‘standard’ WB cabinet. We’ve kept the general shape of the cabinet intact, with side and front art areas and a familiar coin door. We are using high-grade laminated Baltic birch and have reinforced the joints with a proprietary hybrid dovetail and special adhesive process. There is an option of two cuts to the right/left of the coin door for our audio upgrade.
The reinforced leg bolt receivers support standard legs. However, legs from deeproot include a special easy twist T-bolt to ergonomically make leg adjustments.
On the Ae, there is the familiar hinge bar linking the backbox to the main cabinet. On the Xe, a proprietary hinge and two vertical floating channels provide the linkage and allow a full unimpeded view of the cabinet sides.
On the Ae, the backbox features our proprietary backlit panoramic wrap to display game art, with a Cylon-style grill with a 24” ultrawide hi-res display. Two main drivers are located below the display. On the Xe, the backlit panoramic wrap floats above a floating backbar, with two vertical support columns.
On all models a capped connector socket on the top of the backbox allows easy drop-in topper attachments, providing electrical, data, audio, etc. A simple retention system on either side keeps the topper firmly in place.
All models feature our proprietary hinged, assisted lift and drop, glass frame and lockbar seal. Your choice of standard glass or anti-reflective, fingerprint-resistant glass firmly seals inside the glass frame. A seal and lockbar lock the frame down and seal / protect the Pinbar™ from accidental liquid spillage. An option is available to add GI lighting to the underneath of the glass frame for variable, diffused lighting of the playfield area.
Inside the cabinet we feature numerous componentry such as two power supplies, PC and components, up-fired speakers (for 4.1 audio option), a custom subwoofer and enclosure, an amp, and an optional shaker motor. We have designed active airflow to minimize fan noise from the power supplies and PC CPU.
There are three options for the cabinet side panel art. The vinyl-based wrap is common to most modern pinball machines. We upgraded our vinyl wrap with a gloss coating. The second option is a direct print on the wood with PinArmor™ coating providing high gloss, hammer-tested protection. Our Xtra™ limited edition games feature a backlit double printed PETG lighted panel.
Our Baltic birch ply playfield comes standard with our proprietary and (only found with deeproot) PinArmor™ quality protection.
Our two high resolution displays, the Backbar and Pinbar™, share the same ultrawide aspect ratio. The Backbar is a 24” non-touch display and the Pinbar™ is a 19” display with capacitive multi-touch overlay with reinforced glass.
Our custom audio system comes in two varieties, a 2.1 Audio System and a Full-Range 4.1 Audio System with AE compatibility. The speakers are custom designed for our Pinball configuration and enclosed for high fidelity full range sound reproduction. The 4.1 configuration adds two up fired mid-range drivers on either side of the coin door which channel sound, using the natural position of the player's body, to the ears.
We plan to add three additional audiovisual features in 2021. First, the AE system is expected to be enabled for all machines equipped with the deeproot Full-Range 4.1 Audio System which will auto mix audio channels in loud and quiet environments to ensure that the most important sounds reach the ear. Second, we will add ambient light auto-adjusting to all new games providing an auto-balancing of light above and on the playfield, as well as all other backlit cabinet pieces to the environmental ambient light. Third, we will add haptic feedback around the lockbar palm area for games in 2021 to provide even more important feel during gameplay.
There are several random finished touches we add to our games. Laser etching on our polished stainless steel Xtra™ games provides aesthetically pleasing vibrant flare to otherwise high gloss metal.
Our one person setup convenience changes a safety issue into an easy, safe way to set up or break down your machine. All deeproot machines come with the attachment plate already installed on the undercarriage of the cabinet. The attachment plate should be compatible with a majority of other standard body machines. Once attached to the attachment plate, the appliance can be extended to guide the lowering of the front of the machine (from the seated position), lifting the back of the machine to install and bolt the rear legs, and vice versa. One done, the application can be stored underneath the machine, or removed.
A properly levelled playfield is essential to fun play experience. Our Assisted Leveling Guidance prompts you whether to raise or lower each of the four legs to put the playfield in the factory-preset 6.5 degree level position.
Our PinPod™ is the perfect storage and moving protective cocoon for your prized deeproot Pinball machine. It is made of strong wood ply, water resistant, collapsible, truckable, and forkable. Its metal latches provide vertical and horizontal strength to falls, tips, and items resting on top.
As a complement to the PinPod™, we offer, as distributor for the XSTO brand, a unique hand truck with motorized step assist, braking, and tripod capabilities in a compact package.
deeproot’s electrical system is custom-made to deliver power and data to a demanding innovative pinball machine. The power system starts with a custom power supply delivering 12V, 24V, and 48V rails, and a separate ATX power supply for the PC motherboard. The 48V rail is distributed to each of our control boards where a separate 12V and 5V regulator is used to provide additional power to individual high power MOSFET driver boards. This allows us to power outputs with 5V, 12V, or 48V on demand. Board placement is meant to be space efficient to allow for ease of serviceability.
Our board connections and wiring harnesses eliminate nearly all soldering. This substantially reduces complexity in maintaining and diagnosing machine issues. In addition we tag most wires, and use printing on the underside of the playfield to identify key components and wiring schematics.
Both the subsystem and the PinOS run on a minimum 4 core CPU @ 3.6 GHz with 8 GB ram, and an embedded video card. While this provides ample power for RAZA™, each release will be spec’d to accommodate Unity performance. A separate board drives the Pinbar™ and capacitive touch. We offer dual WiFi dongles to deal with the demanding internet online connectivity needs of omnichannel worldwide access.
Our pinball games are meant to be always on in order to take advantage of modern technology and online connectivity. Sleep mode when not in use (just like most other devices in your home) reduces electrical and power when not in use.
There are many features in our software that we can’t disclose to protect our IP and integrity/security of our systems. But we can talk about some key elements that make up our development and update process.
Our PinRDE (Pinball Rapid Development Engine) is a point and click device to rapidly develop the core framework of a pinball title. All playfield assets, light animations, and script definitions can be rapidly developed or edited. Our PinOS is a multi-threaded framework engine that serves as a communications hub between our proprietary game engine script, Unity frontend, and our FMOD audio engine. All animations, sound, and interactivity on the PinBar™ are served by calls to and from the Unity engine. Updates and boot recovery software are served by Linux and lower level code. So what does all of this mean? It means that we could develop and code a game in mere weeks, rather than months or years.
We capture, record, and timestamp nearly every event that happens under the glass. This allows us volumes of data to enhance online offerings like shot log and scoring. It also assists with diagnosing or anticipating issues with the pinball machine.
With our worldwide omnichannel access, users can log in to any deeproot machine whether or not it is connected to the internet. Personal games preferences and/or saved game data can be loaded and scoring can be saved. We also have the ability to push updates by the minute, hour, or day if we choose to, allowing you a hassle-free way to make sure your machine is always up to date.
We currently offer a simple admin and end-user security system. Access to machine settings requires a two-step authentication process. First is physical security by requiring the physical key and that the coin door is open. Second, that a four-digit PIN is known and entered. Admins can also change the ‘Environment’ setting to Home Use (Private) or Event or Location Use (Public) that applies pre-set settings to protect your game. These affect access to settings and elements of log in and log out.
Three Model Approach
deeproot is announcing three game editions that will be featured over the next few years (varies per game). The familiar package known as the Arcade Edition (Ae) is our budget version, yet packed with more value than games 2-3x as costly. The X Edition introduces our floating backbar aesthetic with upgrades over the Ae. The Xtra™ is just that. It’s a limited run, numerically sequenced, X Edition offering with all the extra luxury add-ons for a flat fee.
With these editions, we are focused on making customizing your pinball machine unlike any other pinball buying experience. Customization is easy and allows you to have power over your purchase and cost. Most games will have one or two editions, but not all three.
Pinbar™ and Framework
The Pinbar™ is the most powerful, revolutionary innovation ever to be added to a Pinball machine. It takes the modern touch display used countless times a day on our smart phones, tablets, laptops, and kiosks, and creates a permanent blank canvas for us to expand pinball with infinite possibilities. It links the physical world to the digital. It opens doors to nearly endless new ways to interact with your pinball machine.
We want to challenge the last few decades of pinball by changing from a habit of walking up to a deeproot machine and saying, “Where is the start button?” to walking up to any non-deeproot machine and saying “Where’s the Pinbar?”
The Pinbar’s development took years, with methodical consideration of thousands of engineering and GUI design concerns to make sure if we were going to tie a touchscreen to a pinball machine that we would get it right the first time. Some of the considerations that follow show how much engineering has to go in to adding a touchscreen to a pinball machine:
- Aspect Ratio and Size must be perfect due to Hand Position and Apron
- Matching Aspect Ratio with Backbar to minimize photo and animation scaling
- Durability and impact analysis, and length of life of screen
- Ease of replacement without a technician
- Increasing ease of viewing screen information during Play, without having to look up and away at Backbar
- Keep existing expectations / habits of touch interactivity (from other devices)
- Keep screen content simple and uncluttered, with ability to add more for power players
- Ability to start a game almost as quickly as a traditional Start button, but add extra flexibility and options
- Signal what to touch, how to touch it, and when not to touch … by preconceived expectations and visual intuition
So, why is the Pinbar™ so revolutionary? Here are couple of thoughts we have on the immediate impact the Pinbar™ brings to the pinball experience:
- Visibility… Eyes are usually focused between the Slingshots (above the flippers) and looking up at a screen on the Backbox is inconvenient. Looking down (more like ‘glancing’ down) is much more natural and easy to quickly capture information and enjoy the beautiful deeproot HUD and animations.
- Aspect Ratio… Vertical display areas on the pinball machine are almost impossible without making it not pinball anymore. Most modern displays use horizontal real estate rather than vertical. Matching aspect ratios offers many benefits from a development perspective.
- Input… The decades-old 3 or 4 button control behind the Coin Door is archaic--very difficult to use for simple testing, maintenance, or tasks, and offers no flexibility, complexity, or dynamic content
- Interactivity… Usually visual content or mini video-games can only be controlled by the existing flipper buttons (or adding an extra physical button) which substantially restricts interactivity, experiences, and features. A multi-touch hi-res screen provides unlimited and dynamic interactivity, just like your smartphone.
- Ruleset and Content… The existing system does not allow robust, on demand, and flexible updating and customization of ruleset and content. A touchscreen is the perfect input/output canvas for a framework that allows unlimited ways to add new content on the fly, and seamlessly change the digital rules of a physical game.
- Problem Solving… It is very difficult to diagnose and repair problems using the current pinball systems without having prior extensive knowledge. The Pinbar™ now allows more intuitive interaction to display and diagnose issues, as well as remote management and video chats
- Not Approachable… Current pinball machines are simply not approachable to most people who expect and demand interactive audio-visual experiences, just like with their smartphone or tablet.
- Innovative and Virtually Upgradeable… Because of the fixed, static ‘physical’ nature of existing pinball machines, there is no way to instantaneously and dynamically expand features or build upon the physical world. The Pinbar™ changes that with interactive settings and upgradeable content using the unlimited virtual world.
Our PinAccess iOS application and PinAccess.com online community allow you to take the deeproot experience with you anywhere in the world! Not only can you log in to deeproot Games, but you can edit and view community profiles, and view leaderboards, scores, achievements, and ratings. The PinAccess iOS application is also a handy way to review FAQ and Support materials and Help videos. And to order a deeproot game too!
By using principles from Lean and Agile production, we designed our pinball machine with manufacturing in mind. Our ‘Quad Manufacturing’ concept is the application of those production methodologies that fit our facility, product design, and logistics. It is simply deeproot Pinball’s way of using tried and true processes from other industries to throttle and efficiently move a pinball machine through our manufacturing line without using the traditional fixed-rollers-and-step-stations normally found on a production line.
Our policy about DLC is simple. As a part of the purchase price, all customers receive intended final code, code updates for one year, and bug fixes for period of ownership. Any downloadable content ('DLC') offered for sale or by membership will be limited to optional and additional content, including but not limited to: features, challenges, code, rulesets, or media.