Epic Homemade Tennis Ball Launcher Keeps Dog Busy

Jerry sets up the tennis ball launcher.

Do you have one of those dogs who would fetch the tennis ball all day, if only you were willing to keep throwing it? But you get tired of throwing it? So then you design an amazing piece of technology that will throw the ball for you?

Oh, you don’t? This YouTube user did.

“I built the ball machine because I thought my dog Jerry, might like it and that it would be something fun for me to build,” writes YouTube use lamgngo. “So after two years of on and off work, with many safety features such as IR proximity sensors to protect Jerry and my son from the machine, I finally complete.”

I had to Google that. “IR proximity” means the machine has an infrared proximity sensor, which keeps it from launching the ball into someone’s face.

It’s not like a machine could ever replace a dog owner, though.

“Far from being a replacement for me, I was always right there with him enjoying his fun,” writes Jerry’s owner. “And with all the troubles that I went through to build the ball machine, I still end up throwing more balls than that the machine could count!”

There are a couple of tennis ball launchers on the market, but they’re not nearly this cool. I should note that this isn’t a new YouTube video, but it’s new to me, and it’s awesome. Check it out:

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4PcL6-mjRNk[/youtube]

(via: Wimp.com)
(Photo Credit: YouTube)

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