Nike might have exited the golf equipment business, however that doesn’t imply the corporate isn’t nonetheless ways in which expertise can assist enhance our video games. A recent patent filing revealed a possible new product within the works that might convey permit gamers to trace the placement of their ball and extra precisely learn placing greens because of information that’s projected onto a head-up show.
The diagrams that accompany the patent present a set of glasses and a high-tech golf ball that’s geared up with “communications elements.” Presumably, the golf ball is paired with the glasses to assist relay data to the golfer, together with the rate of the final shot, the ball’s present location, and the space to the pin. The system may hold monitor of the golfer’s present rating, the variety of fairways hit, the greens in regulation, and the typical variety of putts. All of that information is displayed on a small display screen that’s integrated into the glasses.
The patent signifies that glasses would come with an onboard digicam for capturing photographs or video from the golfer’s standpoint and for plotting the trajectory of the ball. An built-in user-tracking system is a part of the system as properly, precisely pinpointing precisely the place the golfer is on the course at any given time. This will then assist the golfer discover his or her ball whereas additionally alerting them to potential hazards corresponding to sand traps, doglegs, and water.
When approaching the greens, the system is designed to learn the topography of the terrain from the placement of the golfer and the ball. That data would then be displayed utilizing augmented reality technology, overlaying the undulations of the inexperienced in actual time over the golfer’s view of their precise environment. In principle, this could assist athletes to identify modifications within the terrain, permitting them to extra precisely learn their putts.
As is typical with a patent of this sort, there’s plenty of element on what this augmented actuality/head-up show may do, if it ever grew to become a actuality. The patent itself was filed on Thursday, March 8, however there isn’t any assure that it’s going to ever develop into an actual shopper product. That mentioned, there are in all probability plenty of annoyed golfers who would like to have this expertise at their disposal.
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