Since Cameron Hoerig is an engineering student at the University of Cincinnati, the idea of building a typical beer pong table was out of the question. "I'm an electrical engineering student, so I should have a table that stands out," says Hoerig.
He built an interactive table. On either end of the table - where the cups stand - there are 10 LED rings composed of eight LEDs each. In the middle of each ring there's a photocell. The Ping-Pong ball triggers the sensors and the gadget's software rotates the LEDs, giving the illusion of a light spinning around the cup.
It's impossible to read the documentation but I'm responding to your problem with inconsistent linearity of photocells. Yes, photocells are imprecise and non-linear. Much of the voltage appears across the limiting resistor. Consider putting a transistor as a constant current source in series with photocells, eliminating the resistor. The voltage across the transistor will be a consistent two diode drops. That way, all the voltage change appears across the photocell. I hope I have understood your problem.
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