Hello! My name is Jerry Petrole. I’m a software developer by trade and I’m also an avid bowler and bowling coach. I have what’s known as a SILVER coaching certification. Basically that means I’m a little better than bronze, not nearly as good as gold. I’ve always loved competitive bowling, and being a coach is extremely rewarding as well. I enjoy teaching people the game. It’s fun! And it’s something you can do your whole life.
Apart from competing and teaching bowling I’ve always enjoyed learning about the technical aspects of the game. Bowling balls these days are made from high tech urethanes and resins. Bowling lanes are coated with an invisible obstacle course of oil that can make it harder or easier to get strikes. Now, the best bowlers know how to make their shots roll along the ideal curved path to optimize the amount of strikes they get. And THAT is where my invention comes in. It’s an iOS mobile application called TRACK MY ROLL and it uses object tracking technology to take a video of a bowler rolling a shot and produces statistics and graphical information that can help the bowler learn about their performance and improve upon it.
We already have developed a working prototype. Our project video will give you a demonstration of how it works. Now, this isn’t a completely new idea. This type of tracking already exists on a larger scale in dedicated bowling training centers. The problem is that you have to travel to Florida or Texas to utilize them. The beauty of this app is that it gives the average bowler a chance to harness some of that same power and keep it in their pocket. Best of all you don't need a tripod to use this app. As long as the device is held reasonably still Track My Roll will compensate for any movement of the camera.
Up to now I’ve self-financed the development of the project. I’ve been working with a developer who is an expert in computer vision and object tracking but I’ve come to the end of what I can contribute. I’m seeking an additional $2500 from the Kickstarter community to go towards final debugging of the tracking engine, adding a few enhancements in the display and getting it released on the app store. After that, if there is interest, we would of course want to begin work on an Android version. Work is ongoing and it is my hope to have a release on iOS by mid Summer 2016.
This app is a dream of mine and I hope you will come along for the ride… or the roll… with me. Thank you so much for your attention and interest in Track My Roll.
Risks and challenges
Object tracking a very tricky technology and the varying degrees of lighting and reflective surfaces in a bowling center only add to the challenge of creating this app. My developer is an object tracking expert. Coupling that with my experience in the sport gives us a unique ability to overcome the difficulties inherent in this project.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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