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Sport: Golf: Equipment
Bluetooth Golf Trolley   (+1, -1)  [vote for, against]
... follows you around like those people that are out to get you.

Perfect present for the lazy, non paranoid, gadget freak golfer. I present the Bluetooth Golf Trolley.

I had the misfortune to be on a golf course for a meeting the other week and noticed a plethora of golf trolley solutions : manual pull along trolleys for the fully able and non-lazy, the powered for those that just can't pull a trolley to the down right ridiculous radio-controlled trolley.

I propose a bluetooth enabled trolley. I suggest that the golfer has one bluetooth key ring in his/her pocket and another BT chip in the trolley itself. The link shows how you can calculate the distance between two BT units. The max range for a BT connection is 10 metres so I propose that your powered trolley uses its BT connection to set the default distance between golfer and itself as 5 metres.

Thus, as the golfer walks, the trolley attempts to maintain the 5metres (50% signal strength) by moving. The trolley will in effect, follow the golfer at a discreet distance.

What happens though when the golfer needs a club? Will the trolley "run" away? Certainly no. If the BT connection enables the trolley to calculate distance, it can also check if the golfer is moving towards the trolley. If it checks a diminishing distance, the trolley should stop moving. If it notes an increasing distance, the trolley should move.
-- jonthegeologist, Jul 29 2003

Bluetooth Distance Calculations http://www.wireless...0to%20Determine.pdf
how the trolley distance calculations could work. [jonthegeologist, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

Smart Cart http://www.halfbake...m/idea/Smart_20Cart
Uses same concept to trail along behind shopper. [waugsqueke, Oct 05 2004, last modified Oct 17 2004]

//I had the misfortune to be a golf course for a meeting the other week// Don't you find it painfull when people stand on you in those spikey shoes? + for the idea though
-- nichpo, Jul 29 2003

(Ha, ha [nichpo], my thoughts exactly.)

I would prefer to have a cart that chases after my golf ball after I have hit it.
-- k_sra, Jul 29 2003

Just tether it to your waist
-- DeathNinja, Jul 29 2003

Obligatory Golf Ball up ass counts as a Mulligan Post
-- thumbwax, Jul 30 2003

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