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The Stingray Story

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UPDATE

Stingray 24 pre-order is live!

Stingray is a go! We are now taking pre-orders for the first, limited edition Stingray, the Stingray 24. Be one of the first to get your hands on the squash ball machine that’s going to change the way you coach and train forever!  The details: 

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February 2018

Alpha 0

We test a bare-bones works-like prototype to figure out what’s possible. 

May 2018

Alpha 0

Alpha 0 fails the Pilley Watermelon Test.  We push on. 

October 2018

Alpha 1

With Alpha 1 we proved the concept. Our first looks-like, works-like prototype was created with off-the-shelf motor controllers, simple manual controls and a golf ball shag tube.

We tested Alpha 1 with players of all levels, from beginners to pros.

July 2019

Alpha 1 passes the bottle top test!

Alpha 1 takes 3 shots to pass the bottle top test. 

July 2020

Alpha 2

Alpha 2, our second looks-like, works-like prototype, is a big step forward. 

It has a software driven UI and closed-loop motor control implemented on test boards. The ball tube is customized, and we’ve added a number of safety features to the launcher.

Importantly, ball metering is much, much improved. 

Nice to have: Alpha 2 is smaller, lighter and runs quieter than Alpha 1, and two handles have been added to the shell.

And we now have a remote control. 

July 2020 - Dec 2021

Will Salter, squash hero!

A shout out to Will Salter, who keeps the show on the road over the  lock downs.  In March 2020, with no access to courts, testing and improving grinds to a halt.  Will builds a 3/4 court on his family’s farm. Problem solved!

March 2023

Alpha 3

With Alpha 3, our third looks-like, works-like prototype, we introduce a built-in stand and add a second pair of handles to the front of the case.

Internally, it’s our own boards running the show, the critical ball-metering technology works better, and battery run-times have been extended.

The stand doubles as a head that can be used to mount Stingray on a tripod. 

December 2023
Render of Stingray Beta 1 prototype. View from behind.

Beta 1

With Beta 1 we have a prototype that can be manufactured at volume. 

A number of internal refinements have made Stingray more reliable and easier to construct. 

We also add a torque hinge to the stand. No more fiddling with levers!