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British design student creates learners pool table

on Monday,December 21,2009 22:12

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Since the 15th century, people around the globe have been shooting pool. Yet despite being several centuries old, many players still face serious trouble sinking a shot. In an effort to help geometrically challenged players sharpen their pool skills, a British design student has created new software intended to help even novices sink the 8 ball every time.

Created as part of the Bath Spa University Innovation awards, the software provides players with illuminated guidelines to maximize their chance to score. The software, which is still awaiting testing, could be piloted on pool and snooker tables as early as next year.

Analysts believe that, in addition to its role as a tool for improving one''s backspin, the software could have wide reaching applications in other fields including city planning, traffic management and advertising.

For his designs, Bath-native Adam Butler received more than $16,000 to help develop the product.

The runner-up contestant, Amanda Goode, created a program to rework discarded artifacts and materials into textiles that can be incorporated into the interior design market.

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