The design consists of five subsystems:
1. The chip sorter
2. The chip feeder
3. The chip dropper
4. The linear carriage
5. The Pop-out Mechanism
The complete system
The chips are initially dumped into a hopper, from where they get stacked into the vertical tube as shown. The disc then rotates and drops a single chip into the chip dropper. The explanation of its working can be found under subsystems >> chip feeder.
Once a single chip is present in the chip dropper, the linear carriage to which it is attached, moves with the help of a belt - pulley system. Once the desired position along the game board is reached, the chip is dropped from top, and into the column.
The device is also capable of playing the Pop-out variant of the game. A slider-crank mechanism attached to the bottom of the carriage 'pops' chips out of the last row when the pop-out variant of the game is being played. The slider, of the slider-crank mechanism pops the chips out of the last row.