System Updates & Development News
by Martin Paul Gardiner
Electronics and software development engineer and founder of GSA Golf
The GSA Golf range of golf 3D graphics software and electronic hardware is being updated with new features continuously.
New Features are being added and mods being made on nearly a daily basis so please check here regularly for your free updates.
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GSA Control Panel (CP) update V.184.108.40.206 - Windows 7 / 8 version
August 15 2015
The current update download has an installer. Just click on the Install button after down loading and running.
In case of issues you can manually install the CP update .exe file by following these instructions
Note: The above download is just an update for existing customers and not the full version Control Panel
Download Visual Studio Windows 8 x86 runtime components here
Click the above image to download the full version of the GSA Golf Control Panel (V.220.127.116.11)
Click the above image to download the GSA Golf single course software.
Course can be played with the Control Panel via either a mouse or manual launch parameter setup for evaluation.
Note: If you encounter a windows error message stating that it could not find d3dx9_30.dll when starting GSA Golf,
download and copy the d3dx9_30.dll to your windows\System32 and Windows\SysWow64 folders.
Download here d3dx9_30.dll
The above API / SDK can be used to interface GSA Golf products to other golf game software
GSA Golf products currently in development and/or currently being tested
1. LX Pro calibration methods to improve ball path detection accuracy: Expected to be completed by July/August 2015 or sooner
2. CX3c Surround Expected to be completed by August/Sept 2015 or sooner
Electronics and software have already been completed for this product. Just the casing now.
Sales or Support ?
Due to the heavy work load on at the moment with development and fulfilling orders we may not be able to get to the phones.
If you have questions or require support please e-mail and we will get back to you within 24 hours.
Remote access support is free of charge so please contact us if you are having setup problems. Click above "TeamViewer" image to download free of charge.
Please also note that we are closed on weekends and national holidays
(we need this time for new developments and testing)
Note! All GSA Golf software and hardware updates (yes! product hardware updates too) are free of charge for life
GSA Golf are constantly researching and working on improvements to their product line.
If we find better methods and improvements for any processes we pass them on to our customers free of charge to ensure that their investments are secured.
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August 26 2015
KX Driving range model
An outdoor model of the KX is also available for use on driving ranges
August 25 2015
KX/LX Launch monitor trigger
We'll be offering a new micro processor controlled trigger for the KX and LX systems shortly that identifies the club and detects club motion instead of just triggering on any bright object.
KX Launch monitor
A number of people have asked whether or not the KX can be used with a projector and impact screen and not just a net and viewing the game on the monitor
The answer to that is Yes. Just run a HDMI or DVI cable from the PC in the KX to the projector and you're ready to go.
August 21 2015
KX Launch monitor
Here's an interesting design we're working on at the moment.
The KX (Kiosk) stand alone launch monitor featuring ball and club tracking with built in PC. It's a variation on a theme i.e. combining already developed products (LX Pro, CTS and Hcam) into a single case for ease of transport and setup.
More about this exciting new product later.
August 18 2015
CTS Pro software can now display composite frames in order to show club face angles before and at impact to the ball as well as club path.
August 15 2015
New FX series and a quick review of GSA Golf's business model
We often get inquiries from customers that would like to order all components for our golf simulators in a complete package instead of having to choose individual components and then have to shop around for other parts.
The new FX series addresses this need. The F standing for "Full system".
August 14 2015
CX3c CP update
Improved features for the new CX3c system.
August 12 2015
CTS & LX Pro CP update
Today's CP features improved CTS color camera club tracking and a user definable max ball search loop count for the LX.
CTS color camera club tracking
We're very pleased with the response we're getting at the moment about the new CTS color club tracking camera and as orders have already exceeded any of our expectations,
it looks like it will replace both the standard Ccam monochrome club tracking camera that required tracking dots to be applied to the club and the PX2 optical sensor mat.
As this is such an important product, we're spending more time now testing and improving the CTS software. Today's CTS update fixes an occasional problem that can arise when the club face is extremely open or closed (i.e. greater than +/- 40 degrees).
On occasions with such club face angles, the shaft or club toe would be detected as the club face. This is now fixed.
Use the LX search loop count to limit the time the software searches for a ball in a camera image.
Under normal circumstances the LX will find the ball very quickly - usually on the first loop - but if camera setup is not correct than the search process can exceed numerous seconds or even minutes.
The LX search loop count should normally be set to 3 loops. If the ball hasn't been located within that time then there is something wrong with the setup and further investigation is required.
August 11 2015
New UK reseller
August 10 2015
CX3 Surround testing.
First tests of the CX3c Surround where successfully completed today. Works great!
Casing design completed and sent to casing manufacturer : ProtoCase.
LX CP update
Bug fix for LX users:
If "Ball Spin Camera " is inadvertently selected in the Setup window, then the LX software won't run. Now fixed
August 7 2015
Bcam CP update
A couple of issues resolved when using the Bcam ball spin camera with V and H cams
August 6 2015
Bcam overhead position setup video
Click above image to see the Bcam ball spin camera in action when overhead mounted
August 5 2015
LX Pro hang bug fixed
There's been a few issues with the LX Pro software hanging when image brightness was too light. This has now been fixed with this version of the CP.
The Bcam ball spin camera software has been completely revised in this version
Bcam overhead position setup video
The Bcam overhead mount setup video will be published either later today or tomorrow morning.
GSA Golf office internet and phone service back up and running
The GSA Golf office has been without these services for some 36 hours now. Comcast has now fixed the issue.
August 3 2015
Hi speed link cable
GSA Golf systems can use as many as 8 cameras but there is usually a limit to the number of cameras you can connect to one PC due to USB bus limits.
i.e. when too much data comes in at a single time, the USB bus can't handle it (will overflow) and image tearing will arise.
Most good PCs can handle 4 cameras but with some PCs the limit might only be 3. In this case, more cameras can be added to the system by using a second PC.
Note that the second PC can be a low cost laptop as it is only processing camera images and not having to render complex golf game software.
There are various ways of connecting two or more PC's together - Ethernet or Wireless LANs (Local Area Networks) for example - but we have found that setting up LANs can be complicated and don't always work well when the PC's are also connected to the Internet with fixed IP addresses and firewalls.
(we don't relish all the customer support for setting up LANs either )
This new USB cable with integrated circuits that convert to standard serial communications solves the problem beautifully. Other than setting the COM ports, there's no setup required and no interference with any other LANs used on the PC and firewalls.
You may be wondering why a system would require as many as 8 cameras.
Essentially only for those with higher requirements and corresponding budget, a CX8 for example could consist of 2 ball tracking cameras, 2 color club racking cameras, and either 4 dual frame ball spin cameras (for both left and right handed players) or two single frame ball spin cameras and 2 swing analysis cameras.
Apart from that, 8 plus multiple camera setups will be used in our general object tracking applications which will be launched on a new web site named www.VisTrak.com
LX draws and fades
We've added the fades and draws fixed club face feature from the CX2 to the LX now as well.
July 27 2015
Click above image to see the Bcam in action
July 25 2015
CX2 draws and fades
The above video shows how fades and draws can be produced with the CX2 system even though CX2 doesn't detect club face so that spin tilt or side spin can be calculated.
New CP for Bcam
A good additional 10 hours of coding went into the new Bcam ball spin camera software today in this CP update.
Setup and demo videos should be ready this weekend.
CX2 draws and fades
A number of CX2 users have contacted us asking if we could add some curve into the ball flight to make it look more realistic.
The CX2 measures ball speed, ball path and ball launch angle but can't detect spin axis (unlike the CX3 and CX4 ) so all shots have little or no curve in their flight. (i.e. fades, draws, hooks and slices).
To address this issue, we'll be adding a user definable club face angle factor into the system this week. i.e. if you know you usually hit a fade (or even a slice) then you can setup the system to reproduce these shots.
July 23 2015
CTS Color setup and demo videos
Click on the above images to see the new CTS Lite Color setup and demo videos. CTS Color Pro videos coming later.
Bcam video coming this weekend
July 20 2015
New Bcam and CTS Color standard casings
Both Bcam and CTS Color cameras come now in smaller more compact casings and have their flash units and lighting fixed to the camera to form a single unit.
New CP for Bcam and CTS Color
Today's CP features a number updates for the above systems (Bcam and CTS Color). No need to download if you are not using these systems yet.
Bcam and CTS Color demo videos
Demo and setup instruction videos will be published later this weekend.
July 14 2015
Financing now available
Customer financing via our new financial partners is now available on all GSA Golf products valued at $1000 or more
July 11 2015
Bcam ball spin camera
The new Bcam ball spin software is nearing completion now. The above image shows a composite of frames 1 & 2 as viewed from Bcam when side mounted. Note that when the Bcam is side mounted (up to 9 feet away), the system functions exactly the same as our LX Lite launch monitor. The main difference only being that the camera features a zoom lens and uses an IR Xenon flash instead of an LED flash.
Today's CP update features all the new Bcam software, however, setup instructions haven't yet been completed. These will be ready next week though.
July 9 2015
Today's CP features all of the new CTS color club tracking software and new Bcam ball spin camera software.
The update also includes a couple of color club test images that will load if the CP is in test mode (i.e. when there are no cameras connected to the PC).
The above image shows the system in the new "CX3 C" mode. The "C" standing for color club tracking camera. ( the standard CX3 uses the monochrome club tracking camera requiring tracking dots).
In addition, there are new "CX4 BC" and "CX4 CC" modes. CX4 BC is a 4 camera system using a single color club tracking camera and a single ball spin camera and CX4 CC uses two color club tracking cameras.
All systems use - as before - dual ball tracking cameras (V and H cams).
Note that the club face deviation from sweet spot is calculated from the known ball launch position (red cross hairs).
The white cross hair is the club trigger position (under the club) that is used to calculate club speed when using single CTS camera.
A great deal of testing was done with the CTS Color system over the past few weeks and to our pleasant surprise it was noted that the Xenon flash recharge time is so fast that even when waggling the club over the trigger many times and immediately taking a shot, it will always produce sufficient flash light intensity for brilliant sharp freeze frame images of the club at impact to the ball. We can thus eliminate the requirement for a line scan camera to detect a back swing to activate the flash (i.e. open the trigger gate).
We were actually expecting the Xenon re-charge (or cycle time) to be in the region of 4 seconds but it turns out that the flash can recharge in less than 1 second.
We're expecting that the new CTS Color will supersede both the standard monochrome Ccam camera (which requires tracking dots and can't detect face angles on irons ) and the PX2 optical sensor mat.
The above assumption is based on a lot of customer feedback indicating that they don't want optical sensor hitting mats (i.e. not accurate enough and prone to malfunction) and don't want to apply tracking dots to their clubs when using cameras to track the club.
At present then, it looks like GSA Golf are the only golf simulator manufacturer that offers "affordable" color camera club tracking which we are sure - with the added bonus of our new Bcam ball spin camera - will put us at the forefront of all "affordable" camera based golf simulators. (Not that we've noticed that there are any other affordable all camera based golf simulators on the market anyway though).
There is, however, another company also offering color club tracking but according to our customers that inquired about these, they have been told that the price is $39,000 for the cameras, PC, Beamer and software. And that's not even including the enclosure, any flooring and not even a frame to mount the impact screen.
For those customers that have already purchased a standard Ccam camera, we'll be offering a very affordable upgrade if they would prefer to use the CTS Color.
June 21 2015
Above, the new CTS Color software high precision club face detection with the HD CTS color cameras.
June 19 2015
CTS Color/ new Bcam
Above, new CTS Color club tracking camera images using the Xenon flash. Camera exposure was set at 50 micro-seconds with 10 db gain. Left image is using the "Darken image" feature to show the cross hairs more clearly.
Camera and flash unit are mounted 10 feet over the hitting mat. A lens is used on the Xenon flash to concentrate the flash to a small 12 inch diameter area on the mat. The visible light flash - although noticeable - is not distracting we find.
Development of new Bcam software is also coming along nicely. We expect to have both these products ready within the next couple of weeks.
CX Camera Systems
Software installtion and PX2/PX5 sensor mat
Club track camera installation
Ball Spin camera
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