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SV ProjectBy SV Project
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SV ProjectBy SV Project
First created
€1,348
pledged of €145,000 goal
10
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, March 10 2016 8:12 PM UTC +00:00

About

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Golf is often considered the most relaxing and ecological sport in the world: the great green spaces, forests, lakes lead the golfers to enjoy views and to live in places almost enchanted. This is what is perceived from the outside, but the reality often deceives. Golf is definitely a pleasant, but very tiring too (who would say !!) .In this context, what could be the worst ? Wasting precious time and energy looking for that "damned ball" that you have shot over 200 yards, and which does not want to be found at all.  Ahh!! If by magic I could always have it there just on my way ! Well we have worked to create this and we have employed the latest technologies. Besides we are developping an application that gives important statistics on the game made by Golfer. In this way, the game becomes even more pleasant and exciting:"the funniest thing that you can make without having to undress." the great golfer Chi Chi Rodriguez says !!

The Idea:

  • Ball Up wants to create a link between the two objects that any Golfer has always with him: his ball and his smartphone. Ball-Up guarantees a more entertaining and less exhausting game through the most modern technologies which are available now.
Connection sistem among Ball, Gateway and Smartphone
Connection sistem among Ball, Gateway and Smartphone

The Game Stats:

The Player will have real-time statistics of his shots with Ball Up. Our ball includes amazing instruments such as accelerometer, magnetometer and a very precise internal RF chip. The chip will communicate with the smartphone, giving extremely precise data in terms of distance, speed, acceleration, direction angle and various spins (Hook, Slice, Push, Draw…). The data of each shot, hole and round can be recorded and stored through the app. The Golfer will always have all his statistics right at hand.

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The Search of the ball:

Ball Up is a wise mixture of extremely sophisticated technology and immediate usability. At the beginning of each round, the Golfer will use his smartphone to login the ball with the App. This simple connection will allow the Player to know exactly the position of his ball. A special Pitch Fork Bluetooth Gateway will ensure the connection between ball and smartphone. The Bluetooth Gateway, which transmits data to the smartphone, is provided with an internal RF chip identical to the one inside the ball: it allows a complete connection with the ball, up to 320 yards in the air and up to 35/45 yards on the ground. After the shot, the gateway will transmit data at a 100 m/s speed and the app will estimate where the ball is. When the Golfer will approach the position, the app will communicate exactly where the ball is with a 4 inches tolerance. Amazing, isn’t?

Ball position through Augmented Reality
Ball position through Augmented Reality
Direction and distance to the ball on Application
Direction and distance to the ball on Application
Direction and distance to the ball on Application
Direction and distance to the ball on Application
Ball finding
Ball finding

Benefits for the golfer :

  • Saving physical energies
  • Enjoying a very relaxing game
  • Spending less time on the playing round and completing all 18 holes in Golf Clubs that give a maximum time limit too. 
  • Having updated statistics on their shots 
  • Sharing statistics with his Golf Teacher or with his Friends 

Benefits for Club:

  • Reducing the slow game and having more laps in the same day   
  • Having new valuation systems during lessons using game statistics. 
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Productive process:  

  • Purchase of electronic components with scheduled orders
  • Assembling electronic circuits+ quality tests 
  • Sending finished electronic circuits to balls manufacturer
  • Assembly of the electronic circuits inside of the balls 
  • Delivery of the ready products by the balls manufacturer to our warehouse 
  • Shipping & Handling of ready products from our warehouse to the Web Online Stores for distribution.
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Production Area
Production Area
Electronic Circuit of the Ball
Electronic Circuit of the Ball
Electronic Circuit of the Bluetooth Gateway
Electronic Circuit of the Bluetooth Gateway
Resin Sphere with Electronic Circuit inside
Resin Sphere with Electronic Circuit inside

Ball Technical features:

  • Max range in flight : 320yd ( 290m )
  • Max range in ground : 35-45yd ( 32-40m ) depending on the ball position   
  • RF Chip tolerance: 4in ( 10cm ) 
  • Tolerance of the location showed on smartphone camera : 10yd ( 9m )
  • Hardness of the resin sphere of protection : 80 Shore 
  • Resin sphere material : Epoxy 
  • Electronic circuit consumption: stand –by 0,001mA TX 35 mA current peak during transmit burst 
  • Battery Type: 64mA/h 4,2V with inductive charging 
  • Data transfer rate: 6.8Mbps 
  • Tracking solution: 1 fix – 100ms with distance, acceleration and direction xyz 
  • CPU Features: Ultra low power 32bit MCU ARM-based Cortex 
  • Antenna Type : Dipolo 
  • Accelerometer / Magnetometer: 3D ultra compact, high performance e-compass 

Gateway Bluetooth Technical features: 

  • Electronic circuits consumption: stand –by 0,001mA FX 35 mA current peak during transmit burst 
  • Battery Type: 64mA/h 4,2V with inductive charging 
  • Data transfer rate: 6.8Mbps 
  • CPU features: Ultra low power 32bit MCU ARM-based Cortex 
  • Antenna Type: Log periodic 
  • Bluetooth Type: BT Low Energ
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Distribution:  

Distribution of HW products ( Balls, Gateways and Battery Chargers ) will be managed through agreements with major Web Online Stores ( like Amazon etc ... . ) which will guarantee deliveries and order management in a complete way . The application will be downloaded by the App Store as usual.

Employment of the funds:

  • Industrialization process of electronic circuits ( Ball and Gateway )
  • iOS and Android App completions
  • Product certifications
  • Kickstarter Limited Edition Production ( Rewards )
  • Start of the production

Who we are:

SV Project is a company with its headquarter in Monza, specialized in High Tech Applications Mobile, Web Design, Digital Video and New Technology. The founder Stefano Sala has been CEO for 11 years for an important Italian company, leader in the micro- electronics and robotics field. During his management, the company has created accessories and technology product in TLC market and design, working together with the University of Milan Politecnico, getting exhibitions on Artificial Intelligence for Triennale Art Museum, for the President of the Italian Republic and creating technical/commercial collaborations with international majors like OKI, Siemens, Teuco, Universal, Emi Music and many more. For our Ball Up project, we are working with Redox for the hardware parts. Redox is one of the few Italian companies specialized in micro-electronics and MIUR certified by Ministry of Public Education.

Special Thanks:

  • Elena Ravasini
  • Silvia Vanoni
  • Mattia De Carlini
  • Carlo Flora
  • Davide Pedace
  • Argon
  • Golf Club Lainate
  • Naxa
  • Runway

FAQ   

How is the electronic board protected ? It is included in a high strength resin sphere in diameter 0,75in ( 2cm ) which is located perfectly in the center of the ball 

Does the electronic board cause alterations to the performance of the ball? No, the resin sphere that contains the electronics, forms a whole together with the rest of the ball, other companies, before us, have produced balls with electronic boards into resin spheres (anyway with logical technology completely different ) and these balls were sold on the market 

How heavy is the sphere containing the electronic board?  0,18 oz ( 5g ) 

Are there interferences between two close balls? No, each ball has a unique code, which is associated with the App.

What is the ball battery life? It is currently 6 hours, but we are working to increase the battery life

How much time does it take to recharge the ball battery? About 8 hours, we will be more precise when the product will be in production 

How many balls can I recharge at the same time? We are studying an induction charger that can charge up to 12 balls at once

Where can I buy new balls? The App will have a link to the web page of the store where our products will be available

Can I save the data of my shots on the Application and share them on social network? Yes, of course, the product has been thought for this. It is our absolute priority!! 

Which statistics can I get? The statistics can be many with the availability of Acceleration, Speed, Direction and Spin of the ball. We will study them according to the suggestions and requests of our Backers 

Where will the electronic board Gateway be inserted ? We plan to add it in a pitchfork but there are other possibilities, it depends on customer feedback too. 

What is the Augmented Reality? Augmented Reality ( or AR ) is the representation of an altered reality. Therefore virtual information such as images or sounds created by special software, has been overlapped with the reality that is normally perceived through our senses. 

Which will the end user price be when the ball will be produced? It depends on the production volumes. The price will be like a normal high level ball, with 500.000 produced balls a year 

How does the App estimate the position of the ball after the shot? The App employs smartphone GPS, ball accelerometer and ball magnetometer using trigonometry combined with augmented reality techniques and getting an issue similar to some applications such as for example the AR GPS Compass Map 3D. 

How are data transferred on smartphone? The data are transferred through RF chips from the ball to the gateway, and through bluetooth from the gateway to the app on smartphone 

 For other questions: stefano@svproject.it 

Risks and challenges

Risks and challenges

We have started working on this project about three years ago and carefully we have considered every aspect of it. The circuit of the Ball and the Gateway have been pre- industrialized, but now they require an improvement to reduce the cost of production.
The App needs to be completed with the part relating to the statistics and the graphics .We want to involve Backers into the development of the statistics part listening to their requests and suggestions.
Although we do not see any direct risks for Ball Up, there are always unforeseen obstacles that may present themselves during the production process, but we will do our best to get the goal quickly. Our organization is made up of highly skilled people with an history of successful products before. The project was a very exacting work, but now the real challenge is to make our product advertised to the majority of Golfers . So we will have a number of customers which can assure a sufficient production to optimize costs and to get a ball with a price close to the other normal balls.
Of course we will keep our Backers informed on the development of the product ; it is very important for us to have feedbacks from them to make the funniest application ! We want that ,our project is not only ours but it is a team work together with our Backers . In this way we will create a product that our Backers will feel their own too and this is very important for us !!!

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