Ball-retreiving Tennibot works while we play
Tennibot can hold up to 80 balls, and it works on both clay and hard surfaces
How does it work?
The Tennibot comes packed with some interesting technology that could make it a must-have for any tennis club.
According to Haitham Eletrabi, developer of the device, “Tennibot is the only robotic or autonomous solution that can pick up balls while you are playing. Tennibot perfectly integrates computer vision and artificial intelligence to save tennis players, coaches, and tennis clubs from wasted time and effort.”
This Roomba for the tennis court reportedly uses high-tech sensors, object detection, and artificial intelligence to identify tennis balls and quickly sweep them up. It is designed to move around both hard and clay courts at speeds of 1.4 miles per hour and can hold up to 80 balls at a time. An on-board battery offers up to five hours of operation on a single charge and requires 90 minutes to recharge before it is ready to go again.
An app is in development for the Tennibot that allow players to set boundaries for where the robot will operate during a practice session or game. The app provides an outline of the court and users simply select the zones where they want the robot to concentrate. Once activated, it goes about its work completely on its own, although the app – which is available for iOS, Android, and AppleWatch – gives users the ability to manually steer the Tennibot, too.
Tennibot can be used in a variety of situations, including a single player hitting balls from a machine or one or two players practicing their serves, forehands ,and backhands. It will even autonomously wander around the court picking up stray balls while coaches provide one-on-one lessons or instruct a group of players.
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