Our team is working with Tennis Serves, a Yale organization that helps teach tennis to blind children and adults.
Our Community Partner:
Yale's Tennis Serves organization. The president has used the techniques and equipment used in Japan to teach tennis to the blind (where it is a fairly popular sport).
Two years ago the president of the club worked with Harvey Mudd College to try an improve the ball's design but would like to improve upon their solution so that the ball/design could be usable by the end of the year.
Our goal is to redesign aspects of the game in a way that allows blind and non-blind family members to both enjoy the game that they love.
Specifics of the Game/Solution:
Each of the players listen for two bounces. The first indicates the general location of the ball, the second provides enough information for the player to swing at the ball.
The biggest imporvements that could be made to the game would be to improve the players ability to track the ball in the air (both it's distance and position).
Our Current Solutions/Ideas:
We are focusing on two different possible solutions. The first focuses on using the mechanical properties of the ball to produce the sound (think about a ball that produces a whistle sound as it flys through the air).
Our other solution will be to focus on an electronically created noise that beeps throuought the course of the game. This is more similar to the Harvey Mudd solution, and we plan to start by improving upon heir original design.