Taslim, Mohammad E.
The following document contains the final report for the Golf Ball Detector Senior Capstone Design Project. This Senior Capstone Design Group has proven the concept for a device to consistently locate golf balls. The golf ball detector is portable, easy to use, reliable, applicable in various situation and conditions, affordable to most golfers and safe for its user and the environment. The report discusses relevant background information on golf and golfers and presents the design developed by this Senior Capstone Design Group as a guide toward the solution. Preliminary researches on patent and existing alternatives are presented. Several preliminary design solutions that were eventually rejected are discussed in detail. After rejecting the earlier proposals, the design group decided to pursue the implantation of radio-frequency identification equipment within the ball as a solution. It has been shown that the RFID tag can still receive and transmit signals from inside a golf ball, that a passive RFID tag can survive the impact of a golf club from inside a ball, and that the addition of the tag does not significantly disrupt the physical properties of the golf ball. An RFID kit with suitable range is not currently available to the design group, but future advancements in RFID technology will complete the long range golf ball locator. In addition to locating lost balls in play, this technology can be applied to prevent the theft of golf balls from driving ranges, saving the owners of these establishments thousands of dollars per year.
locating device, golf balls
Northeastern University, Department of Mechanical, Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
Savran, Asli; Matlo, Matt; and Abdul-Ghaffar, Kevin, "The Golf Ball Detector" (2007). Capstone Design Program: Mechanical Engineering. Paper 100. http://hdl.handle.net/2047/d10011420
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