This story first appeared in the July 2000 issue of Startups. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Billiards are fun, but housing those gargantuan tables or shelling out wads of cash- it's to pool sharks or for table rentals- not. In today's world, thanks to technology, all USB-enabled computers, including the iMac, can be equipped to give computer-game players the satisfaction of a true-grit break shot with InterAct's Real Feel PoolShark Pool Cue Controller ($29.99). By placing the authentically styled pool cue on a roller in the mouselike controller, players can adjust the ball-striking angle and speed of strike- more blaming your miscues on a lack of chalk. Included is the full version of THQ's Ultimate 8 Ball PC software, in which you can play against the computer or other hustlers on the Net. For more information, check out www.interact-acc.com.