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This idea is based on the force-feedback
input devices for computers. The cue
stick would contain a force-feedback
mechanism that would guide the player's
aim toward a better angle for making the
There would be a GPS-like system, only
just pool-table-wide. It could be mounted
the ceiling, perhaps. It would detect
the positions of the various balls on the
pool table, the location of each pocket and
all rails, and the location, level, and angle
of the cue stick.
When the system detected that the player
was aiming badly, it would engage the
force feedback in the cue stick to
encourage the player to change the
direction or angle of the cue.
A few of us at the local bar thought
something like this would be a good idea.
Alternatively, we could practice.
Quantum Leap: Pool Hall Blues
The episode marklar is describing [figmeant, May 27 2007]
Laser Pool Balls
Related idea [figmeant, May 27 2007]
Hapstick project in the VR lab [figmeant, May 27 2007]
||How about a ceiling mounted laser that shows you where you should shoot? I think they did this on an episode of Quantum Leap.
||That would provide a sighting line, but in my case, I can visualize the line OK. The problem is how to get the cue stick correctly angled to have the cue ball actually follow that line. For this, I could use a little nudge from the cue stick itself, e.g., reminding me to hold the back end of the stick a little lower and to the left.