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Title: Laser tracking system for sports ball trajectory measurement
Authors: Ronkainen, Jouni A.
Harland, Andy R.
Keywords: Soccer
High-speed video
Laser tracking system
Ball trajectory
Real-time tracking
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: Professional Engineering Publishing / © IMECHE
Citation: RONKAINEN, J. and HARLAND, A.R., 2010. Laser tracking system for sports ball trajectory measurement. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part P: Journal of Sports Engineering and Technology, 224(3), pp. 219-228
Abstract: The sports ball market is a multi-million dollar industry; original equipment manufacturers are continually trying to develop sports balls and in order to achieve improvement in performance they often utilize launch and/or flight monitors to allow consistent measurement and benchmarking of their balls under test. This paper introduces a laser tracking system (LTS), which has been specifically designed for soccer ball tracking. This LTS combines two different concepts together in an innovative optical solution to allow the system to track an arbitrarily moving soccer ball in a completely non-contact and non-marking methodology, tracking a ball in real time up to approximately 10 m/s. The system was programmed to act as a launch monitor capable of reporting the ball launch velocity and launch angle. In order to achieve the fully functional LTS, the hardware and software choices are clearly outlined, as well as describing the tracking methodology used to achieve the real-time tracking capability.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.1243/17543371JSET67
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/6592
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1243/17543371JSET67
ISSN: 1754-3371
Appears in Collections:Published Articles (Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering)

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