Augmented Reality Golf Ball Finder - #1 in Sports Category! (Ireland)

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  1. alibby456 macrumors newbie

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    Golf Ball Finder AR (GBF-AR) Augmented Reality - On Sale now for .99

    #1 in Sports Category! (Ireland) - The Home of Golf! Thanks!!!

    Never lose your ball again. Our advanced Augmented Reality application finds golf balls in the rough, tall grass, woods, desert, hidden in branches, under leaves, and in virtually any other terrain or hazard.

    Simply point your iPhone in the direction you think your ball might be, walk slowly and scan back and forth. When even a fraction of a golf ball (about 3 dimples) appears on the screen it is immediately highlighted with a red target box and the iPhone (optionally) vibrates.

    Finds golf balls from as much as 50 feet away through the woods!

    * Finds lost golf balls - use iPhone video to scan any terrain for lost golf balls
    * Automatically vibrates when ball is found so you can still watch where you are stepping
    * Red target box drawn in realtime over live video on your iPhone indicating the exact location of your lost ball
    * Vibration and sensitivity can be adjusted with on-screen controls
    * Easily pays for itself in found balls
    * Timer (optional in settings) lets you know how long you've been searching... remember, the rules say only 5 minutes allowed during play!

    Download Now from the AppStore!

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  2. theman510 macrumors 6502

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    Anybody here tried this yet? I'm playing later today actually and this could come in handy
     
  3. zeeflyboy macrumors regular

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    Would be interested in people's impressions...

    There is a very similar stand alone device called ball finder scout, same idea, but the reviews are almost universally rubbish so I'm not convinced the idea actually works all that well.

    Would be happy to be shown evidence to the contrary though! For 99p it's possibly worth a shot (excuse the pun)...

    EDIT - actually, given the reviews on iTunes it seems my skepticism is perhaps well placed.
     
  4. tod macrumors regular

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    That actually sounds really cool, if it works. The one time I played golf, I thought it would be easy to find a lost ball (and I lost a lot of them). I was surprised by how hard they were to find.
     
  5. alibby456 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here are 5 free iTunes download codes for this app:
    P6RHPAXALPT6
    EYMEK4F3FXMY
    M7KTEXYMJEYA
    YXM6LNX7HPXL
    7N49FX7M9EJR

    I'm the developer of this app and it works great under the conditions stated in the description...grass, woods, dirt, leaves, but not very well in shiny leaves or patches of light colored grass.

    Adjust the slider until it finds a ball sitting on the ground in front of you (this calibrates it) then go looking for balls!
     
  6. theman510 macrumors 6502

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    Awesome thanks a lot! I used 7N49FX7M9EJR

    I'll try it out when I play later on this afternoon and put a little review up here.
     
  7. Spyderturbo007 macrumors member

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    Thank you for the codes. I used M7KTEXYMJEYA.

    I'll be trying this out on Sunday when I play with a couple friends. I'll report back and write a review in the app store when I get back from the course.

    Thanks again!
     
  8. zeeflyboy macrumors regular

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    Ah shame, codes are only valid for US store...

    For those who do give it a try be sure to post back with impressions.

    To the developer - I assume this could be expected to work more reliably with the iphone 4 given the higher resolution video camera?
     
  9. alibby456 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Augmented Reality Golf Ball Finder - iPhone 4

    Yes, it should. I will have to release an update to make it compatible with iPhone 4.

    The app is a combination of utility (finding the ball) and novelty (using technology to help find the ball). I've found several balls with it and you do get a slight sense of 'ahhh' when it vibrates and your ball is in the target box. Too many false alarms are frustrating (that's why you can adjust the sensitivity)... but there are limits to every technology.

    My best find was in a bunch of roots where I had to watch where I was stepping... I walked carefully and swept the phone where I was not looking, after about 4 steps the phone vibrated and my ball was next to a root, had to take an unplayable... but I got my ball and avoided twisting my ankle. :)
     
  10. blueacre macrumors newbie

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    Damn, all the codes are used up. Those of you that got the codes, please come back and tell us if this thing actually works :)

    If it does, I'm buying it before my next round!
     
  11. jsquared macrumors 6502

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    FAIL...this app could not find the golf ball sitting on my desk 1 ft away, not sure how it'll find one in the rough....I'd be better off getting good at golf to where I don't need to look for my ball lol.

    I just tried it at my desk and it couldn't find 2 balls I have sitting here. Spend your $.99 on tees or a divot fixer. Bc this app is crap....
     
  12. alibby456 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Please use app properly before posting reviews

    Please test it under somewhat realistic conditions and post another review.

    Holy smokes! The app is not supposed to find golf balls at your desk! If the ball is too big on the screen it ignores it as a giant white reflection. Seriously, if the ball is too big on the screen, the code will ignore it. Also, indoor lighting is very different than outdoor lighting.

    ** Turn BRIGHTNESS up in Settings...then use slider in app to adjust sensitivity for your lighting conditions. **
     
  13. theman510 macrumors 6502

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    So I played 18 yesterday and got a chance to give this a try. While it DID work, it only seemed to work when I was practically right over the ball anyway. When I wasn't right over the ball the red box kept jumping to various things, like a person walking far away from me in the background, my shoe, or a piece of paper on the ground. It looks like it just puts the box over anything that is white.

    Looking at the pictures you posted, I think I was more under the impression that this would be some type of x-ray thing. It looks like the app removed all the leaves/twigs in your picture and showed just the ball on the screen. That would have been awesome, although probably impossible to do.

    All in all I think this is a good app if you know a 10 foot wooded area where your ball is and can keep walking around hoping to walk over it then have it be shown in the red box.
     
  14. jsquared macrumors 6502

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    Haha I tried in real conditions and just as expected it does not find the ball. Is the logic of the app to find something white? Because it points out flowers and rocks but not the ball unless you are on top of it and sometimes not even then. While I think you have a good idea for an app, it just doesn't work as described. The best thing about it is the timer...I'm not tryin to be an a$$hole, but if you are putting something out there to purchase be prepared for strict feedback...good or bad...

    Edit:Thought I'd give it another shot on today. Same results...

    lol I think I'll just stick to practicing...
     
  15. alibby456 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for feedback

    Thanks to everyone who gave the app a fair review. As expected, the app has a certain 'novelty' appeal, similar to items you might find at Brookstone or The Sharper Image in the mall. It's actual usefulness in finding a ball under playing conditions is limited.

    I've gotten a few chuckles on the Tee by dropping a ball and showing a friend how it works.

    I used what I learned writing this app to develop my next app. It's a free barcode scanner and price comparison shopping app called QuickPrice.

    Thanks!
     
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