E.A.R.L (Enhanced Automated Robotic Launcher) is a bowling robot at the International Training and Research Center at bowling headquarters in Dallas, Texas. E.A.R.L is a big part of the Equipment Specifications and Certifications team. E.A.R.L. is to test bowling balls and lane surfaces. When testing bowling balls, E.A.R.L. is paired with a computerize ball-tracking program that precisely tracks bowling ball location and speed as it travels down a lane, giving USBC a key advantage in the sophisticated tracking and measurement of ball motion data. The main goal of the ball motion studies, started in 2005, is to gather data about the complex dynamics and inner motion characteristics of today’s high-tech bowling balls.
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