For a long time, we had some initiatives about investigating and developing. We wanted to work on something related to computer vision and object detection. We started with a few other projects involving AR and got closer to Magic Learning. With that know-how and considering other apps under this concept, we realized we could use the phone to generate metrics for amateur sports. Something that has not been done before since it was pricy to develop.
DrillRoom isn't just another app; it's a game-changer for billiard enthusiasts. We have reimagined how players learn and refine their billiard skills by implementing artificial intelligence with augmented reality. Let’s dive into our journey from the start to the creation.
Our journey began with a passion for exploring and developing new technologies. We were particularly interested in computer vision and object detection. As we worked on various AR projects and delved into the world of Magic Learning, we realized the potential to use smartphones for generating metrics in amateur sports, an uncharted territory due to its cost.
Before launching DrillRoom, we conducted product validation on Reddit in 2021, receiving a positive response. However, we encountered challenges like fine-tuning machine learning algorithms and data curation. This led us into a continuous cycle of testing, development, and implementation of updates to ensure we stayed at the forefront of technology and product improvement.
DrillRoom's primary goal is to create a social platform for billiard players, fostering a sense of community and progress sharing.
The Stakeholder Insights:
The inception began with insightful dialogues. We discerned our community's raw desires and evolving needs by engaging with amateur billiard players, seasoned coaches, and industry experts.
The Use of Cases Defined:
Imagining DrillRoom in its full operational glory, we designed scenarios that would seamlessly guide every player to reach their highest potential.
Comprehensive analysis of existing market products illuminated the voids and untapped avenues, giving us our unique edge.
We had a clear vision of what we wanted and needed; with that in mind, we created a plan and followed some steps to get the design of our product.
With so many balls on the table, the event entry was inaccurate. The ball's progress was hard to track, and there were technical difficulties. The tracking could be better if the number of balls on the table were less.
Hence, the purpose of this app is to help you be better at specific exercises you need to practice. The app also creates exercises that fulfill your needs and areas where you lack accuracy.
Intense and emotional ideation sessions unfolded, showing us innovative and game-changing concepts.
The UX Mapping:
Preliminary sketches became the foundation, creating visual pathways for the application's evolution.
Our wireframes weren’t just sketched designs but detailed architectural plans for what would soon become DrillRoom.
The Visual & Interactive Designs:
More than just eye-catching designs, it was a symbiotic fusion of brand ethos and user-centricity that simulated the DrillRoom experience.
We paid close attention to the real people using the product; they were the ones that could be able to tell us if we were going in the right direction, so we went for:
The Feedback Loop:
Through meticulously curated surveys, we tapped into the pulse of our users, discerning their likes and areas of potential enhancement.
The Real-World Validation:
By witnessing actual user engagements, we identified and honed aspects, notably amplifying our compatibility with iPads, casting our net even more comprehensive.
DrillRoom's functionality involves placing your iOS device on a tripod to enable the app's camera to monitor critical points on the billiard table. This creates a map of ball movement, providing a controlled training environment. Users can also access voice feedback from billiard influencers during training sessions. Automatic scoring, score metrics, and performance reports are included, and users can share their progress with friends on the app while tracking monthly scores and rankings.
DrillRoom's global leaderboard fosters camaraderie among players, encouraging friendly competition and collective success stories. With diverse drills, AR visuals, and AI coaching, the app transforms your device into a virtual billiard coach.
Why play alone? The leaderboard brings players together, sparking friendly rivalries and shared growth stories. With categorized drills, intuitive visuals, and data at your fingertips, DrillRoom offers an immersive experience. Add in AR visuals and AI-driven coaching, and you've got a personalized trainer in your pocket.
Our voyage with DrillRoom has been a testament to trailblazing creativity, unwavering dedication to users, and technological mastery. Beyond being just another app, it's our tribute to the billiard community: experience superior training and gameplay enhancements powered by the marvel of AI and AR.
Step into the future. Let DrillRoom sculpt your ultimate billiard saga and redefine your billiard journey!
As far as using augmented reality to train for pool, many solutions are dicey. Drillroom has been the beat I’ve seen so far. Its simple overall to use, and work well overall. There were one or two times where the AI doesn’t track the state of the balls and tables quite right. But I’m hopeful that these bug will get shaken out over time. So far - wonderful progress on this product. With a solid engine, I’m looking forward to seeing what enhancements you come up with next.
OrangeLoops created an AR feature available on iOS & Android for Loog Guitars, a children’s music learning app and guitar manufacturer. Once the user turned on their selfie feed, the solution would display dots on the user’s guitar to show them how to position their fingers.