Find It, Play It – With RFID

Posted by Ken Lynch on Thu, Dec 02, 2010 @ 09:19 AM

Will This Golf Ball Location System Become A Holiday Hit?

RadarGolfWith the holiday season upon us, finding that perfect gift is on the minds of many of us.  But, what do you get for the dad, grandfather or favorite aunt or uncle who seem to already have it all?  I’m sure golf equipment often makes the short list.  Maybe a box of golf balls? Perhaps a new driver or putter? Or how about a pre-paid round at that hard to get on local course?

Better yet, how about something that is guaranteed to take a few strokes off of their game?  A few years ago, Radar Corporation introduced RadarGolf, a system designed to help golfers find balls that otherwise would have been left for lost.  Using the system promises fewer penalty strokes, faster play and less frustration on the course.

The solution includes USGA conforming golf balls that have an RFID tag embedded into them and a handheld device that golfers use to locate lost balls.  An LCD on the handheld reader provides both visual and audio feedback, indicating proximity to the ball.

Sound too good to be true?  Well, the good news is that RadarGolf was a big hit, gaining worldwide recognition and feature coverage on ABC, CBS, CNN and NBC. BusinessWeek magazine even named RadarGolf one of the Best Products of 2005.  The bad news is the RadarGolf system is no longer being manufactured.  The company’s website indicates that they plan to bring a “new-and-improved” version to market in the future, but doesn’t indicate when. 

Ebay’s got one though, and it’s in new, in the box condition.

Time Left: 1 day 2 hours (Dec 03, 201008:44:46 PST)

Current bid: US $0.99 + $10.95 shipping!

What a deal.  Gift for Grandpa, check…

Tags: RFID, Sports & Entertainment, Consumer Goods

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