Three final year undergraduate students of the Department, Vincent Yu Wai Yin, Sampson Chung Shan and Clarence Lau Wing Hay, as a team working for their final year project, designed a tennis ball collector robot which can search, collect and store tennis balls autonomously. The robot is able to move swiftly and avoid obstacles such as ball net fence on the tennis court. It can also autodetect tennis balls and fetch them everywhere on the court. Its sophisticated device enables the robot to retrieve balls on the edge without hurdle.

The project was highly acclaimed for its skillful mechanism and practical application. The student team further enhanced the robot, under the project supervisor, Dr Wong Wai On of the Department of Mechanical Engineering, with the help from a PolyU alumni KF Leung as well as great support from the PolyU Industrial Centre.

The Tennis Ball Collector Robot won the Silver Prize in the 5th China College Students “Internet Plus” Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award held from 12 to 16 October 2019. The team was invited to showcase the robot in HKTDC DesignInspire held in the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 5 to 7 December 2019.

A Hong Kong entrepreneurial team considered the Tennis Ball Collector Robot has high market prospects. It is expected that it will be commercialized in the coming year.