Smart Tennis Ball Launcher
ABOUT OUR SMART TENNIS BALL LAUNCHER
2020 - Present
First of all, our goal was to design and build a tennis-ball launcher which would be more technologically enhanced, and affordable than the other commercially available products. Especially during the pandemic, being able to individually play tennis and get the same positive outcome would be a great advantage for players all around the world. After physically building the mechanism, we plan to design an app which would help replicate the experience of working with a trainer. With the implemented functions, the user will be able to adjust the launched ball’s angle, speed, and direction. For future designs, it is also planned to allow the user to control the launching style of the tennis-ball throughout the practice, in order to completely mimic a real person’s playing style. The players will be able to design their own drills, and launch balls according to their own needs.
In addition to this feature, there will be certain exercises which will be saved inside the machine for circumstances where the user does not want to create a drill from scratch. There will also be some more extreme exercise routines saved inside the smart tennis-ball launcher to assist more professional players. The drills will be adjusted via the “flywheel” mechanism inside the device. In the future, we plan on advancing the tennis-ball launcher by making it adapt to the user’s playing style without manual adjustment, with the usage of different sensors. The design of a small tennis-ball collector is also in the works. The goal is to operate these two devices in sync, allowing the tennis-ball collector to refill the smart launcher’s storage unit without interfering with the user’s workout. More improvements will be implemented after the first prototype of the Smart Tennis-Ball Launcher is built.