Nevada Patent of the Month – February 2022

Losing golf balls is in the nature of the game. An errant swing or a novice might send the ball flying off course. This leaves you searching for your ball or pulling out a spare and possibly messing up your game. Edge Technology has developed a golf ball which includes an RFID tracker. This modified design has been tested to ensure it doesn’t impact your game and behaves as a regular golf ball would. There have been other attempts at designing RFID golf balls, but these are known to have problems wherein the antenna and RFID circuit regularly separate.

Their design secures an RFID within a core of the golf ball. The split core is made of an outer and inner core, a planar RFID integrated circuit and antenna. The RFID chip is encapsulated in a pad which then electrically connects to the antenna. The user can register each ball/RFID with an associated app, and begin golfing. After a ball is hit, the app connects to the RFID and can be used to track its location. It can also provide insight such as distance the ball traveled from the tee or speed of travel so that a golfer can better analyze their performance.

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