Bowling robot E.A.R.L. set to be unveiled at International Bowling Campus


    USBC Equipment Specifications and Certification

     After months of calibrations and testing, the newest member of the Equipment Specifications and Certifications team at the United States Bowling Congress is ready to be introduced to the world on Oct. 19.

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    The new addition isn't a scientist, however, it's a state-of-the-art ball-throwing robot named E.A.R.L. (Enhanced Automated Robotic Launcher), which is designed to be able to simulate any type of bowling style with an accuracy and consistency on the lanes that no human bowler can achieve. Those qualities make E.A.R.L. invaluable in the many studies necessary to keep up with the ever-changing bowling ball industry.


    Local media and invited guests will get the first look at E.A.R.L., and as part of the unveiling, E.A.R.L. will go head-to-head against Professional Bowlers Association superstar and USBC spokesperson Chris Barnes in a one-game match at the International Training and Research Center on the International Bowling Campus.

     E.A.R.L. can consistently duplicate shot after shot at ball speeds anywhere from 10-24 miles per hour and rev rates anywhere from 50-900 rpm, a significantly wider range than his predecessor, Harry (right), a less-automated robot introduced in 1999 and recently retired.

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    USBC's newcomer was named by USBC Junior Gold youth bowler Melissa Stewart of Roswell, Ga. She figured if bowling great Earl Anthony's nickname was "The Machine," then it was only "fitting to name the new ball-throwing robot for a bowler with machine-like characteristics."

    "We are excited to finally show off E.A.R.L. and give people their first look at the future of bowling research," said Neil Stremmel, USBC Managing Director-National Governing Body. "E.A.R.L. will play a huge role in the testing we do here to maintain the standards of the game, and we're excited about the possibilities."

    A joint venture between USBC and the Bowling Proprietors' Association of America, the ITRC is the most innovative and advanced training, research and testing facility in the sport of bowling. The center includes 14 lanes for training and six for research and testing purposes.