the tennis racket It has a very ancient origin. In fact, it was used by the ancient Romans. So it was mainly used for the tennis court. The tennis racket, similar to the shuttlecock and the basketball string, is characterized by a handle of different sizes, by a stem, by a central part, called the heart that joins the stem to the plate, therefore by the part wider and rounder. constituted by the stringing, called string plate.
The shape and materials used have slowly evolved over time, ensuring an improvement in impact and ball control, which was previously more difficult. Constructed of different materials, it was originally made of wood, then slowly evolved until it reached today, first steel, then aluminum alloys to reach carbon and graphite, the two most widely used materials today.
Available in different shapes and sizes depending on the way each player plays. You can also change the weight and balance. A baseline player will need a racket that is a bit more balanced in the head, while a flight player will benefit more from a racket that is more balanced in the shaft.
The grip of the handle varies depending on the player’s choice: if playing backhand one-handed, a tighter grip is preferred than those playing backhand two-handed. The grip is covered with adhesive tape that ensures a good grip on the racket, changed periodically.
Artificial intelligence designs the tennis racket of the future
AI from the All Design Lab team created the Hitekw, a modern version of the classic tennis racket. It is a futuristic version, lighter but more resistant.
The designers decided to simply ask AI text-to-image chatbots to reinvent tennis rackets. Hìtëkw above and below are fairly standard, although what connects them in the center looks almost like an organic series of branches.
It’s an interesting departure from the Y-frame seen on most racquets, but what sets it apart is not only its unique aesthetics, but also its functionality. The All Design Lab team said: «From the beginning of the project, we wanted to explore new opportunities.
We wanted to create something exciting to tell a new story within the sport. What we learned from this is that while these programs are extremely powerful, they are only as powerful as the source material they have to test.
And with tennis rackets, the shape doesn’t change much from the start. However, the potential still exists to imagine an even lighter and stronger racket that takes advantage of new design techniques, especially advanced CAD processes such as generative design tools.»