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Remote-control Bowling Ball

At one time or another, everyone wishes they could control a bowling ball after it leaves his/her hand. The RC900 remote-control bowling ball makes that dream come true! A weight in a threaded shaft inside the ball determines its direction, and the user controls the weight. The purpose of the ball is to give young children a bit of success as they learn to bowl, and to help disabled people paticipate in the sport. Don't even think of sneaking the RC900 into a competition! Link (with video) -via Gizmodo

And disabled people (not "The disabled", please - you wouldn't say "The blacks") have other ways to take part that rely on their own skill instead of input from someone else. Most bowling alleys in the UK have ramps that you can aim and roll a ball down - I presume it's the same in most countries. Likewise bumpers that keep the ball out of the gutter so kids can enjoy themselves without the constant frustration of not reaching the end.
It's a bit like driving schools - you don't see them with dual-steering, though it's been tried many times, simply because with it the learner just learns to let the passenger drive.
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I think if Skipweasel had viewed the video at the link he/she might have been less critical of the product. The video is an ad for the product; it clearly shows children using the aluminum ramp to launch their ball, and as shown in the video, even with bumpers elevated in the gutters, a badly aimed ball still will reach the gutter without striking a single pin.

I bowl several times per week and can attest that the process can be frustrating for small children even with the ramp and the bumpers. As far as preventing skill acquisition, understand that 4- and 5-year olds are not going bowling to develop skills or even to compete. They are there as part of a social activity - typically a birthday party - and they receive (and expect) no instructions from the hassled mommies who are chaperoning the group.

These balls are not meant to be purchased by individuals for personal use; they are for bowling alleys to keep in stock to make the game more enjoyable for young customers in the hopes that those children will then return as teenagers when they have the motor skills and strength to perform competitively.
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While I understand your point about kids and bowling, that frustration need not exist. I, as well as most kids I knew and grew up with were made well aware that we would probably not be good at bowling until we were "big", and that was if we practiced. Fooling a kid into thinking he or she is good at something with a ball like this isn't really teaching them anything. Half the fun at that age is just rolling a heavy ball around without being competitive. It can still be enjoyable.

My issue with this ball, and other things like it is that it sends out a false message to little kids. I can see a typical helicopter parent using this and telling their little darling that they are talented little bowlers. The day that they don't have the help of this cheating tool, they will be far more disappointed than they were when they would be if they were made to understand that bowling, or any activity, is not something people are automatically good at, and that if they enjoy it, they can practice to improve.
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