If there is something we know Shane wighton It is because he will use his great engineering skills to gain a competitive advantage in almost every sport. This is a basketball hoop that never misses the ball watchand now one robotic sign It will turn even novice players into a seasoned pool shark.

While Wighton has created some really sophisticated updates to sports equipment over the past few years (Major League Baseball’s explosive baseball bat and the PGA is definitely auto adjusting golf club in round) this automatic pool mark and the smart table represents another level of engineering skill and troubleshooting stress.

Raising the pool tip, cutting the tip and a miniaturized Stewart platform: a mechanism that uses six movable arms to adjust the angle of a platform in three dimensions. They normally rely on hydraulic pistons (mostly used to create the swinging base of a flight simulator), but instead of using movable links controlled by tension cables running along the entire tip, Wighton to keep things small.. To actually transfer energy to a pneumatically powered cue ball Piston was added at the other end with a pressurization chamber to change the firing power. The results won’t fool anyone – it’s a pool bar with some serious upgrades, but working out was far from the end of this project.

Raised pool sign he was smarter but had no idea what it was on the pool table and Wighton wanted this hacking to be as flawless as possible. For this He mounted a video camera on the ceiling that faces the pool table, which can recognize all the balls as well as the billiard cue and where the tip points. This, combined with many proprietary codes, including tools to eliminate the distortions added by the camera lens, allowed the system to automatically calculate the angle and power required to shoot.

To accurately target the player’s mark (the self-adjusting tip has only a limited range of motion), He then mounted a video projector next to the camera on the ceiling, which would cover the surface of the pool table with alignment guides and predicted trajectories. The results definitely look like a hack put together in someone’s workroombut robot is finally a surprisingly skilled pool player. Unfortunately, Wighton won’t be able to break into a billiard room with his newfound billiard skills and leave regulars in a difficult situation, but even while letting the robot do all the work, he has to pick up a few tips and tricks that he’ll pick up next time. use a regular pointing stick.