Intelligent Golf

United States Patent No. 6,884,180

IEEE MICROWAVE THEORY AND TECHNIQUES SOCIETY

Old as the universe, new as the latest space satellite. Something you use every day, but something you’ve never seen. We’re talking about microwaves. You probably think a microwave is what you use to heat your dinner or make popcorn. That’s actually a microwave oven, or an oven that uses microwaves to generate heat. But what are microwaves?


Microwaves are a form of electromagnetic wave. The most familiar kind of electromagnetic wave is visible light. If you understand how light works, you already have a good idea of how microwaves work. 

It takes energy to produce light, whether it comes from the sun, a kerosene lamp, or a light bulb. It takes energy to produce microwaves too. A typical microwave oven needs several hundred watts of energy to make microwave energy powerful enough to heat last night’s leftovers. 

Like light, microwaves travel very fast, about 186,000 miles (300,000 kilometers) per second in air. No electromagnetic wave, or anything else for that matter, can travel faster. In addition, both light and microwaves get weaker the further they travel from their source, and both can be focused into narrow beams by lenses (such as a magnifying lens) or concave mirrors called reflectors. In devices such as flashlights and car headlights light is focused by these specially shaped mirrors. Microwaves can be focused in dish-shaped reflectors as well. 

As much as they have in common, microwaves and light have one major difference—you can see light, but you can’t see microwaves. This is because of the biggest difference between microwaves and light waves: their wavelengths. 

Light waves and microwaves are both electromagnetic waves and, therefore, part of the electromagnetic spectrum. The electromagnetic spectrum is the range of all electromagnetic waves. It includes everything from radio waves to microwaves, infrared and ultraviolet rays, and gamma rays.

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"Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated. It satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect.  It is at the same time rewarding and maddening -- it is without doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented."

Arnold Palmer

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"To win, You must play without reserve"

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"Technology has improved the game -- and the golf ball technology has increased ten-fold over the last ten years"

Tiger Woods

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"Golf is one of the more popular sports in the world, although it would be difficult to call it a team sport.  As such, there occasionally arise disagreements as to the actual number of strokes it took between players to reach the cup.  Furthermore there is a version of golf in which the goal is not only the fewest strokes, but also the fastest game.

United States Patent # 6,884,180 B2 design addresses these needs by providing a means in which the golf ball itself, in conjunction with the golf cup, records the number of strokes.  
In a game, as the ball is played, each stroke is recorded internally (and differentiated from ensuing bounces as it is in play).  When the golf ball drops in the cup, the cup’s microprocessor sends a query to the golf ball.  

The golf ball responds with the programmed ID number for the ball (or player), and the number of strokes since it was last queried.  Following verification of transmission, the ball’s count is reset.  The cup then uploads the count and ID to a localized display and/or to the clubhouse.   The same golf cup can also be used to recharge the ball if the ball is left in the cup, or by use of a separate and portable recharging device.   In such, this new design provides for a self-recording golf game that may be used for one-on-one, tournament or any other scenarios where validation of play may be required.

Brian S. Corzilius

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"Imagination is more important than knowledge, Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world."

Albert Einstein

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"...and technology shall be increased"