New Ball Launcher

Flootoo

New User
how easy would it be to incorporate sensors that would cross-reference with the machine's data and then tell you how consistent you were with split-step, getting into the ready position, and follow-through?
 
Yeah but if you have an external battery it's lighter than having to have the battery plugged into the thing, no matter how much the battery weighs.
 
If he's actually the inventor of the Apple Pencil then I'm intrigued... honestly it's a mystery why ball machines are using such outdated tech.
 

amoeba

New User
It looks brilliant to me, but depends on the price.

I dont like the fact it wont ship with Android support though.
 

mmk

Hall of Fame
It looks brilliant to me, but depends on the price.

I dont like the fact it wont ship with Android support though.
$1595, still think that if I buy a ball machine it will be either a Tennis Tutor or a Silent Partner
 
I'll believe it when I see it on the court.
From their own FAQ section:

When will you have machines available to ship?
We are currently building a database of potential customers prior to a crowdfunding launch. After the crowdfunding campaign we anticipate 9 months to delivery.

A lot of crowdfunding campaigns are late to ship, and some do not ship at all. Are you any different?
Definitely. Because we’ve ramped and shipped product before. The prototype has been designed with manufacturability in mind, and almost all of the components are already being made by our production vendors. This isn’t some 3D printed hobby machine.



So let's estimate maybe 6 months of "customer databasing" and then let's go with 12 months to delivery. Which brings us to around beginning of 2021, but then keep in mind most people are going to be using ball machines in the winter so it'll likely be a good reason to delay further into summer of 2021. In other words, I'll also believe it when I see it.
 
Also based on other crowd funded ball machines being years late...
Other than the slinger, has there been any other notable crowd-funded ball machines?

This also begs the question, why have some of the more notable companies like Lobster or Silent Partner not target the market for smaller, lighter, and more portable ball machines? There's clearly demand, is it due to lack of feasibility - or perhaps they've figured there isn't enough of a market worth the R&D using their own funds?
 
Other than the slinger, has there been any other notable crowd-funded ball machines?

This also begs the question, why have some of the more notable companies like Lobster or Silent Partner not target the market for smaller, lighter, and more portable ball machines? There's clearly demand, is it due to lack of feasibility - or perhaps they've figured there isn't enough of a market worth the R&D using their own funds?
I do not know. My guess is that it is expensive to make the parts smaller and lighter but just as strong. There are a bunch of brands out there but they all are pretty comparable from a parts perspective. You might see some movement if anyone was actually successful but none of them obviously see it as readable right now.
 

SpinControl

New User
I have a $50 collapsible cart for my machine, balls and hopper, tennis bag, and water.
I don't care how light this is, I will still need all the other stuff, and that gets heavy, too.
Of course, those who are less strong (smaller women and children) and/or into the latest cutting edge will buy, and the upgrades are nice (Li2+ batts, brushless motors, and weight).
In the end, if it still relies on a carousel and rubber/urethane wheels, it's not a revolutionary step.
Today's current wheel machines compared to the old prince machines that used air propulsion...that was a leap and a drastic change in size and weight.
 
So it sounds like the Proton ball launcher actually received enough private funding that they no longer nee to crowd-source funds. Based on an email from them:

We have identified sufficient private investment to forgo the headache of crowdfunding, and have decided instead to take pre-order deposits directly through the Hydrogen Sports website. The deposit will be 25% of the purchase price, and is refundable should you change your mind prior to the final payment. When units are ready to ship, you will be asked for the remaining 75% payment. This will be spelled out officially in the terms and conditions of the pre-order page when it goes live, so please read them then.

Because we are not asking our pre-order customers to take the risk and financial commitment of a crowdfunding campaign, the early-bird price will be $1195 at launch, for a limited first run of units. However… since we did run ads for a $995 early-bird price (which may have enticed you to sign up!) we will honor that with a 1-day pre-pre-order sale at $995 (with 25% deposit) for those receiving this email. You will be emailed a link for purchasing before we begin to take orders. You are welcome to share this link with your friends, but we won’t otherwise promote sales at this price.

It’s taken some time to get the launch going, because we elected to focus on releasing the latest version of the design to our vendors first. They are now busy making parts while we get launching. This gives us more confidence in the cost and schedule, and gets us to shipping faster. The plan has us shipping the pre-order units early next summer (2020).
So still a 25% deposit, but I suppose nowhere as painful as all the people who put down full pre-orders for the slinger. I am still skeptical of the launch date (early next summer still sounds like fall of 2020, if not maybe just spring of 2021) but am optimistic that at least some type of product will come out since private investors can apply more pressure than a bunch of individuals.
 

Dim Sim

New User
How durable are drone motors? It’s using the same technology as existing machines to propel the balls but smaller and lighter motors and batteries. Are drone motors built to do the same number of reps over a lifetime as the motors in lobster etc?
 

megamind

Professional
why are all ball machines so expensive?

the engineering doesn't look that complicated, yet it costs more than an eye phone
 

JEDI MASTER

Rookie
Saw this machine in action over the weekend. For a prototype It’s so freaking light. Only a couple technical issues that should be ironed out before its release.
Pre-order starts soon. And yes. I’ll be getting one.


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