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  1. Smart BallA Ball Tracking System Dorian Chen Stephen Gu Constance Lu

  2. Students • Dorian Chen • EECS 2nd year • Stephen Gu • EECS 4th year • Constance Lu • EECS 2nd year

  3. Students Background • EECS coursework • Programming experience (Java) • Circuitry • Signals and systems • Musical background (i.e., piano)

  4. Area of Interest • Electrical engineering • Hardware: circuits, electronics • Software: programming, graphics • Its relation to today’s world • Popular gadgets (e.g., iPhone) • Everyday use (e.g., TV, computer) • Internet (e.g., Facebook)

  5. Ball Tracking • Tracking device inside ball keeps track of its location within the field on an xyz axis • Sensors around the field • GPS • Optical • Wireless • Bluetooth • Cell technology • Data is visualized and sent to the referee

  6. Ball Tracking: Diagram Sensor Sensor Sensor Ball Field Tracking Sensor Sensor Sensor

  7. Ball Tracking: Diagram Information from the field sensors Graphic visualization Referee

  8. Ball Tracking: Pros and Cons • Benefits • More precise refereeing • Improved viewership (and appease fans) • Cooler replays on TV • Limitations/Challenges • Precision of current technology • Cost and durability of materials • Applicability to non-sport areas • Need to run a prior art search

  9. Alternative Ideas • iGuitar: • Radio energy • Refrigerator • Printer • Automatic check-out

  10. iGuitar Attachment to iPhone that simulates playing an actual guitar

  11. Radio Energy Radio waves generate electricity and prolong battery life without plugging in to charge radio waves Battery Array of sensors

  12. Refrigerator / Printer Senses the amount of remaining inventory/ink; sends request to store via Wi-Fi

  13. Automatic Check-out System senses the products that you have in your cart and adds up the price total Detector/Scanner System Inventory Database

  14. Prior Art Search • Ball tracking • Hawk-Eye: tracking system that displays the most statistically likely path of a ball • U.S. Patent 5,489,099: Apparatus and method for tracking the flight of a golf ball  • iGuitar • Using iPhone as the interface • Radio energy • Nothing similar so far

  15. Prior Art Search • Refrigerator • U.S. Patent 6,204,763: Household consumable item automatic replenishment system including intelligent refrigerator • Printer • U.S. Patent 5,689,288: Ink level sensor • Automatic check-out • Nothing so far