The bow and arrow may not be the most common weapon used today, but it is still a popular niche for business. Enthusiasts enjoy the sport of hunting or simply using their favorite bow for target practice. Velocitip is counting on it, reports Boston Herald.
â€œYou put the device on the arrow to collect flight data and flight characteristics,â€ Donahoe said. â€œItâ€™s based on the inertial navigation system thatâ€™s been used in planes and rockets for decades. Itâ€™s just a lot smaller obviously.â€
Donahoe packed his three passions â€” bow hunting, electrical engineering and patent lawyering â€” into the Velocitip Ballistic System, a â€œpioneeringâ€ product aimed at serious archers who want to fine-tune their shots and sporting goods manufacturers that want to put their bows and arrows to the test.
The $1,100 Velocitipâ€”slightly longer than a typical field point and weighing 100 grains, or about 6.5 gramsâ€”features microelectronics and an accelerometer that record up to four shots worth of data at a time. The removable aluminum tip slides into a handheld â€œdocking stationâ€ that Donahoe designed for easy downloading and feedback on arrow flights.
â€œAs long as you can hit the target, you can determine whatâ€™s happening downrange. A user can easily create a profile of their kinetic energy and velocity as their shot distance changes,â€ he said.
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