VIDEO: Now you can have a robotic caddie following you on the course
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VIDEO: Now you can have a robotic caddie following you on the course

Depending on who you play with, it may be taboo to use a pull cart. Some think it's not manly to do anything other than lug your own bag around the course. But no one ever turns down a caddie. So what if your pull cart was really your caddie?

Say hello to CaddyTrek.

Made by Las Vegas-based FTR Systems, CaddyTrek is a an automated pull cart which follows a golfer wherever they go on the course, acting like a robotic caddie.

The cart reads for radio frequency and ultrasound by pinging a sensor that can clip onto a player's belt. This way, the cart knows always to remain six paces behind the player. The sensor can also be used to guide CaddyTrek more like a remote control, presumably for picking clubs. The CaddyTrek is touted to last for 27 holes on a charge.

The CaddyTrek is like many motorized club-carrying carts on the market, except for that added touch of not even having to think about where your bag will be or should go next.

Two problems: the pricetag ($1,795) and reliability.

“There can be that issue with the signal getting bumped. But really it’s a finesse product and we’ve found that users who use it really love it and they also learn how to use it," FTR Systems director of operations Charlie Palmer told the Washington Post. "If they’re playing a course and know their are trouble areas there’s simple ways to get around those."

Is this something you would use if, say, half the price?


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