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Flying ball --Open a new door of future toys' trends
  • 2017-11-06 11:40:48

Balls are the most popular equipment for sports. To play with balls, certain physical methods, or “vocabularies”, such as throwing, hitting, spinning, or kicking have been developed by reflecting the fact that balls obey physical dynamics. While this feature forms the foundation of ball-based sports, we consider it might as well limit the possibility of them. For instance, the speed of balls could be too fast for small children, senior people, or people with physical disabilities. In this paper, we propose a flying ball based on the quadcopter technology. This ball has an ability to stay in the air, and change its location and behavior according to the sports game contexts. With this technology, physical dynamics of a ball can be re-programmed by sports designers, and new ball-playing vocabularies, such as hovering, anti-gravity, proximity, or remote manipulation, can be introduced to extend the way people interact with balls. In this paper, we introduce this concept as a method of augmenting sports, and present our initial flying ball system having a grid shell that contains a micro quadcopter, and demonstrates new sports interactions with the ball.

Playing under the lights is always fun but it does produce some challenges.  A big one is that when the game begins, the sun is starting to set.  This twilight sky can be very difficult to manage when flying balls are hit up into it. The desert sky was beautiful at twilight but it was also brutal when trying to see fly balls.

Regardless of where you live, if you adhere to the following tips, your success in handling fly balls in the tough twilight sky can improve:

Be aware that it may be a problem.  This shouldn’t be a problem with your own field since you should already be used to your home field conditions.  Traveling to other fields is where the problem may exist.  When you arrive, look up several times in the direction you will be seeing the flying ball from your position.  Do this continually until it gets fully dark since light conditions change by the minute.  Be aware that it may be a problem and keep your eyes posted on changes in the sky.

Keep your eyes on the ball.  In normal skies, older fielders often will see a ball into the air and temperarily take their eyes off the ball to get to the spot where the ball will land.  When they get close, they look up again, find the ball, and catch it.  This helps fielders run faster and cover more ground since they are not looking up while they run.  This technique takes a lot of practice, though.  It’s also not a technique to use in a twilight sky.  Once you find the ball in the air, do not take your eyes off of it.  You may not find it a second time.

If you see it, get it.  When fly balls are hit there is normally a hierarchy in terms of who should catch the ball.  Fly balls hit in the gaps are typically the center fielder’s ball. In the twilight sky, there is no guarantee that the player who is supposed to get the ball will actually see it.  In these conditions, all players who see the ball go for it until they are called off.  If you see the ball, go for it and catch it.  You may be the only guy on the field who knows where the ball is.

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