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Crowdsourcing Mornings: Tennibot: The World’s First Robotic Tennis Ball Collector


This is Crowdsourcing Mornings! This post takes place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Tennibot, the autonomous robot that saves players and coaches valuable practice time while avoiding the tedium of chasing tennis balls, has launched.  Tennibot uses object detection and sensor fusion to detect tennis balls, while the app lets the player customize where on the court Tennibot will clear during a session. It collects up to 80 balls, works on both hard and clay courts and has a battery that lasts up to five hours on a single charge. Tennibot also automatically keeps track of the number of balls the player hits and how frequently they practice.

Tennibot can be used in many situations on the tennis court, including when:

  • One player is hitting with a ball machine
  • One or two players are practicing serves, forehands, or backhands, while the device picks up stray balls along the fence and net
  • One or more players are hitting from a large ball basket, while Tennibot collects balls around the perimeter of the court
  • A coach is teaching a one-on-one or group lesson

As of April 25th, this project has raised $37,000 of their $35,000 goal. This project has 44 days left to raise as much as it can. For a pledge of $5, you will get a thank you e-mail.  For a pledge of $675, you will get one Tennibot.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/770435035/tennibot-the-worlds-first-robotic-tennis-ball-coll

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