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The future of Skytrak?

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  • The future of Skytrak?

    Just wondering if a new machine is anywhere on the horizon? Perhaps one with club and ball data measured through the camera's? Rapsodo
    skytrak obviously has been a huge success at its price point, I think a machine with club and ball at even double the price would be a game changer.

    I have a GC2 but like alot of people I started with a Skytrak and it served me well until I upgraded. I'd love to have club data but I'd have to spend another 4k for an HMT add on and that's not gonna happen any time soon. Skytrak seems to certainly support their customers and continue to make their software better and better.

    I think the market is there for something under 5k ...... maybe someday we will have all the technology we need in an affordable package.

  • #31
    You guys leave me no choice but to troll you with super-vague statements like "2019 will be an awesome year with exciting new developments" So many right-on guesses in here, but the one specific one I can comment on is yes, the high ball speed issue is a priority and is in the works and will be addressed in Q1.

    I don't know if that helps or hurts


    • Michael M.
      Michael M. commented
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      I think I'll be waiting until after the January PGA show to purchase (or as stated elsewhere, buy one before the $300 discount ends on 1/15 but be prepared to return within 30 days).

    • bballer320xu
      bballer320xu commented
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      That’s incredible news. I love my skytrak but I’ve found this issue has made me look at look at other, and much more expensive devices. Fingers crossed for this one!

      Editing a comment
      How about changes and upgrades to have some sort of “outdoor” mode that can easily pick up shots in all weather including under sunny daylights? It would be HUGE! I love every bit of my SkyTrak, but the inability to use it in sunny days has made me cringe.....

  • #32
    Happy New Year to all... bring on club data!!!!


    • #33
      Bring on the competition from Uneekor! - Would love to see Foresight take a beating, especially since they haven't touched the GC2/HMT price in over 8 years. From a technological advancement vantage point, that is completely insane.


      • JackedUpSwing
        JackedUpSwing commented
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        Foresight just seems like an out of touch company. They have no idea how many customers they are alienating with their business practices. I mean, do they really think the GC2 brings over triple the value of a skytrak? Its pretty insane. Also, locking the GCQuad to their shitty FSX software? Charging 3k for that shitty software and paying for courses on top of that? Absolutely insane.... Hopefully we can get some more competition soon.

      • Kmurray
        Kmurray commented
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        Absolutely agree with JackedUpSwing comment, I moved from Skytrak to GC2/HMT buying in the UK from Foresight and the buying experience was abysmal. I felt that the sales rep used pressure sales techniques to achieve the sale and I was disappointed when they failed to actually honour the sale in a reasonable time frame . We are talking about 12k uk pounds paid upfront then 3 weeks plus before they eventually delivered the hardware minus the software which I then had to hassle them to get .
        The FSX software is crap for sure , and their pricing is ridiculous , their business practices for me = once bitten twice shy...
        On the other hand look at the engagement from Skytrak, Protee and R motion on this forum , I have had support from all of those companies and their openess and transparency in interacting with their customers sets the benchmark for this market.
        Dealing with Foresight leaves me feeling unclean dealing with an unscrupulous double glazing company....

    • #34
      Big things promised by Seth in 2019.....

      I hope its not a new Unit and its software upgrades. If it is a new Unit with upgraded USB port/upgraded Wifi etc then we can send our units back for that upgrade at a reduced cost.

      I know we are getting TGC 2019 but thats a separate thing.

      I want to be able to add names to second, third or forth players and have a permanent league for the challenge games. instead of having "my name" as player 1 and "Player 2" as player 2 etc...


    • #35
      I like to see a unit you can attatch an ethernet cable too and get rid of this wireless. Every other device offers, TiVo, Dvd players., PC, laptops, etc


      • #36
        Fewer non reads no delay would be awesome


        • #37
          Just reading through some of the old posts on this thread. I am very happy like most to see ST take such an active roll in upgrading an all ready great product seems like they took on a major software upgrade for sure. Definitely looking forward to the upgrade.

          With that said I disagree that club head data as an add on is not possible or would not sell. For club head data add on could be similar to what the GC2 does wit the HMT add on. It is a whole separate add on that could run through the wifi/bt the ST all ready has or if that is not possible it could be set up as an addition wifi/bt input or even hardwired if the concern is degraded signal or slowing down older computers with the additional input. All though I would not like to have to run a cable to the new unit I would to get the data it would provide.

          I do not believe the cost is even a factor. Once someone has invested the $5k + to put one of these sims together and the initial wallet pain is behind them my bet is for a $1k to $2k it would sell and be in demand. I know I would buy one in a heart beat.


          • Nasdaqsam
            Nasdaqsam commented
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            Oz, $2k would be a bit steep I agree but if you have ever struggled with fixing a swing having club head data is priceless.

          • Morini
            Morini commented
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            Obtaining the face orientation at impact is photometrically is VERY VERY VERY hard to accomplish.The commercial market for club data is very demanding of precision. I am not sure of the non-commercial market for club data, but I do not believe HMT like accuracy is possible in the price range that would work for consumers.

            Here is a compromise that I mentioned in another thread: A wireless top mounted camera. It shouldn't cost more than a few hundred dollars. It just needs one image sensor some optics, wifi/bluetooth, and a microcontroller of sorts. It does NOT needs its own strobe, as it would use the ST strobe for illumination and timing. It would give us the following:
            - sub degree HLA accuracy (surpassing GC2). This is very important to me, as the current +/- 2 degrees is not ideal. A 150 yard shot that hits the pin could in reality be 6 yards off.
            - second opinion of ball speed and possible spin, leading to higher accuracy.
            - it can have a laser alignment tool to aim at target line, and can detect and automatically correct ST alignment, resulting in far easier set up, and additional accuracy improvements.
            - AND here is the cherry on top: it might be able to make a reasonably accurate MEASUREMENT of horizontal club path. If we know the club path and HLA, we can calculate a reasonable estimate of face angle (in fact that is what Trackman does, at least the older ones, not sure about Trackman4).
            - There are some caveats on the last part. Reading the club path would be difficult, and may require a reflector on the club, which would need to be carefully placed as not to interfere with ST picking up the ball. Second, in order to read the club path accurately, the strobe needs to fire just before impact. Additional hardware may be required to do this, complicating things.
            Last edited by Morini; 02-28-2019, 04:42 PM.

          • Nasdaqsam
            Nasdaqsam commented
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            Great explanation. For orientation purposes would a redesign of the current hard case for the ST to mount the new sensor take care of this issue? At a reasonable cost?

        • #38
          Hi Nasdaqsam, I am not sure I fully understand the question. If you are talking about the alignment benefit of an overhead camera, it is that three reflectors be placed on top of the ST (or whatever case surrounds the ST). The overhead camera would have an alignment laser that produces a line on the floor (the target line). During setup,the ST is placed so that the laser "dot" falls on this line. The top camera could use the three reflectors on the ST to determine the alignment of the ST to the target line, and can digitally compensate for any misalignment (within reason).


          • Nasdaqsam
            Nasdaqsam commented
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            I miss understood what you were saying previously. I get it now. That seems feasible.

        • #39
          Originally posted by SkyTrak_Seth View Post
          You guys leave me no choice but to troll you with super-vague statements like "2019 will be an awesome year with exciting new developments"
          The next 2 months are going to be insane!


          • 968Cab
            968Cab commented
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            *Which* Q1 for the ball speed patch?

        • #40
          so far you would say 2019 was a non event.... possible new firmware / upgrade unit coming at the PGA show 2020??


          • #41
            Maybe SkyTrak had a hand in some of these latest integrations dropping? Could that have been what SkyTrak_Seth was referring to with this post? I'm still hoping that something drops before the end of the year--I'd love to be able to justify re-upping my software subscription.


            • #42
              Hasn't there been integration with R-Motion&SkyTrak? I spotted a couple of posts or maybe a random youtube video of R-Motion being used in conjunction with ST... kind of as Skypro was intended; sort of answers the OP's question on adding club data.


              • Gresh12
                Gresh12 commented
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                Integration works through TGC but not SkyTrak range or TGC 2019.

                I have both and would really prefer to use them together in the SkyTrak range than original TGC (the only reason the original TGC gets loaded).

            • #43
              There was a beta version of TGC that allowed integration of the two.


              Originally posted by sheptunes View Post
              Hasn't there been integration with R-Motion&SkyTrak? I spotted a couple of posts or maybe a random youtube video of R-Motion being used in conjunction with ST... kind of as Skypro was intended; sort of answers the OP's question on adding club data.