Hurling Score Pads

Application:

We were contacted by an Irish company with a requirement to manufacture a sensitive target pad to detect the hurling ball at predetermined points on a specially designed practice wall. The wall looks like a squash court, stands 15ft tall and 25ft wide, and is manufactured from concrete.

Hurling is an Irish sport played on a pitch similar to football or rugby, using a ball similar to that of hockey or cricket. The players use a “Hurl” to launch the ball at a goal almost like a rugby goal with the bottom half like a football goal.

Solution:

The specially designed sensitive pad now provides a signal which is processed through a computer software package to provide performance feedback to the players and coaches. This is giving them a competitive edge over their opponents.

For the computer software to detect the activation of the switch we needed to modify our existing response enhancer. Our existing response enhancer (used in our DaDo Panic Strip application) latched on to the pulse of the activated ribbon switch strip and extends the time so the alarm panel can detect it, but this mechanism wouldn’t work for the hurling application.

In hurling practice, there could be a situation where a player has a basket of ball that he is constantly aiming at the target with little time between. In order for this to work we therefore modified the response enhancer to have a response time of 2ms and keep hold of the pulse for 850ms.

This new response enhancer can be useful for many applications where the sensor is activated quickly.

Key Requirements

  • Wall mounted
  • Detection of ball
  • Multi-zone
  • Durable