Tired Of Carrying Your Own Golf Clubs? You Need CaddyTrek, The Robotic Caddy

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Tired of those long, arduous days on the golf course? Wish there were some way to ease the burden of having to carry all those golf clubs while your friends rest comfortably in their cubicles at work? CaddyTrek is the robot for you.

Made by FTR Systems, CaddyTrek is basically a golf bag that follows you around. The ‘robotic golf club carrier’ responds to a pre-programmed gesture, such as a Tiger Woods fist pump, to gear up and follow a golfer through finely buzzed greens or even tall grass. It can travel up to 27 holes on a single charge, manage inclines up to 30 degrees and, for those with a pathological love of the game, this caddy can even trek through snow. CaddyTrek follows six paces behind the golfer, zeroing in on a homing beacon worn on the belt.

“Most people just stop and stare,” Richard Nagle, CaddyTrek’s North America sales manager told the New York Times. “They’re not used to this.”

Well, yeah. Not only is the technology new, but I think many golfers without PGA tournament wins will remain content to schlep their bags around for a while given the CaddyTrek’s $1,595 price tag.

The day will come when robots do our laundry, take out the garbage and drive us to work. But robots like CaddyTrek and iRobot’s household pioneer worker Roomba are the straightforward robotic applications that will pave the way for their more sophisticated progeny.

PGA rules currently prevent professional golfers from taking a load off with the robotic caddy, but amateurs with the means will no doubt spring for the CaddyTrek just to make their day of leisure a whole lot more leisurely. And they’ll surely welcome standing out on the course, even if it’s not because of their play.

Peter Murray

Peter Murray was born in Boston in 1973. He earned a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Maryland, Baltimore studying gene expression in the neocortex. Following his dissertation work he spent three years as a post-doctoral fellow at the same university studying brain mechanisms of pain and motor control. He completed a collection of short stories in 2010 and has been writing for Singularity Hub since March 2011.

Discussion — 6 Responses

  • vmagna December 29, 2012 on 11:16 am

    Cool, but i dont golf, so instead of golf clubs I need to be followed with drinks. When can I 3D-print me one?

  • User December 29, 2012 on 5:14 pm

    What a shame. There’s no job security any where.

  • eldras December 31, 2012 on 11:44 pm

    We wont need golfers @ some stage, robots will play it for your based on expert system recall of your best games.
    Robotics is obviously big and surprisingly forecast to hit in 2015 which is 2-3 years time.
    It doesn’t SEEM that’s going to happen???, but humanoid personal robots would look cooler than remote moving caddies?

    Walking/moving/balance/obstacles has always been problematic, but is improving eg Boston Dynamics, after that how to get enough force into robotic muscles. efficient solar will help, and that can be van de graph type stored.

    Its still cheapest to hire a valet for free board and lodging and $60 a week. He has a great deal paying only that to you.

  • Brock MacLean January 2, 2013 on 4:59 am

    People starving in this world and we are developing silly gysmos like this.

  • robobello January 3, 2013 on 1:43 pm

    When mentioning straightforward robotic applications, others such as Baxter by Rethink Robotics and Cyton Gamma by Robai should be included.

  • ausgolfon February 19, 2013 on 2:39 am

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