I can barely remember owning a pool table during the 15 years we had a house in Quogue. Many of my guests used it all the time. I didn’t go near the table because it was as foreign to me as speaking Latin.
When we sold the house, the new owners bought the fancy pool table. I haven’t thought much about that table in 20 years until I heard about PoolLiveAid, a project by Luis Sousa, Ricardo Alves, and J.M.F Rodrigues of University of the Algarve, Portugal.
PoolLiveAid turns everyone into a pool shark. Making use of a ceiling mounted camera, PoolLiveAid reads the borders of the table, location of the cue ball, and the angle of the pool cue. Then it makes a professional-type calculation and projects a path right on the table.
That doesn’t necessarily turn you into a pro, but it certainly gives you a major advantage. The invention is still in beta form but let’s hope it becomes a reality very soon. Price? To be determined.