The Amiga “Boing Ball”

The bouncing Ball has been a popular theme in computer demo effects since the 1950s, when a bouncing ball demo was released for Whirlwind computers. Commodore released a bouncing ball demo at the 1978 Consumer Electronics Show, to illustrate the capabilities of the VIC chip, but The ball would become synonymous with the Amiga when it was used to demonstrate that computer’s capabilities at the 1984 Winter Consumer Electronics Show. This now famous “Boing Ball” was a real-time animation showing a red-and-white spinning ball bouncing up and down and casting a shadow on a wall behind it.

As you can see, even earlier computers like the Atari 800 are capable of handling the Boing Ball:

But their is nothing like the original:

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