Q: What is included with the ICA Training System? What else do I need to purchase?
A: Included in the ICA Training System is:
Pool Training System – a Raspberry Pi system and micro SD card containing the training program
Power supply – to power the ICA Training System
Keyboard / Trackpad – to control all the features of, and interact with, the ICA Training System
HDMI Cable – connects the ICA Training system to your projector
Content - "Starter Module" is included, providing an introduction into the variety of drills that are available with the ICA Training System. Downloadable upon 1st power-on of the system, letting you immediately start your training.
Required, separately acquired by the user:
Projector – Not all projectors will work for this application. It is recommended you refer to icatraining.com for projectors that have been tried with success.
Mounting HW – suitable projector mounting hardware must be selected for your unique room situation. Refer to icatraining.com for mounting height and distance recommendations for particular projectors, table sizes and projector orientation (side-mount / end-mount).
Q: What else is available from ICA to challenge my pool skills?
A: Also available:
Drills – A full spectrum of professionally prepared drills are available for purchase at icatraining.com, covering a variety of pool skills and skill levels. Available now is the Pocket Billiards Workout, providing large set of introductory drills covering a variety of pool skills. Visit the Store to see more.
Training videos – numerous tutorial videos are available at icatraining.com, to help you learn the many capabilities of the system. You'll be able to create your own custom drills to focus your efforts.
Q: Which Projectors work well with the ICA Training System? Can I use any projector?
A: Not all projectors have the right specifications for this application and may not work well for all room configurations and table sizes/orientations. Advice on projectors that have been tested is available at Installation and Setup.
Q: Can I add my own diagrams as Table Images?
A: Yes! Any JPEG with a 2-to-1 ratio table surface, and rails of constant width around the 2:1 surface can be loaded. The program calculates where the rails are, removes them, and displays the diagram's table surface onto the surface of your table!
Q: What do the Drills, Table Images and Targets Folders hold?
A: These are default system folders as follows:
Drills - Default folder for Load and Save drill functions
Table Images - Default folder for loading Table Images
Targets - Default folder for loading Target Images (not in-system circle, triangle and polygon targets)
If you load your own content, load it in the appropriate directory for easiest access.
Q: Can I load a Table Image as a Drill? Why would I?
A: Drills, with all the flexibility, tools and layout functionality available, are the preferred method of using the system. Table images should generally be thought of as static "cloth", with all other elements sitting on top, and hence a Table Image is loaded "as a Table Image". However, if one has a set of JPEGs that comprise a lesson, loading the JPEG as a Drill provides the benefit of mouse wheel or arrow key next/previous drill.
Q: What is the Update folder?
A: The Update folder is a "system folder" used by the program during the Update process. Though the program is designed to be resilient in its use of this folder, the user should avoid using or modifying the Update folder.
Q: How often do I need to re-calibrate my system?
A: As long as your table and projector do not move, the initial calibration should hold. However, bumps and vibrations occur and can have an impact. An occasional calibration may be needed.
Q: Why is a "table size" setting useful? Doesn't calibration handle everything?
Calibration's purpose is to ensure the 2:1 length/width ratio is dialed in. However, it does not help with setting the visible diameter of balls. Providing the table size allows the program to calculate the proper ball diameter as a proportion of the table size, resulting in a 2.25" ball image on your table.
Q: I understand why setting table size is useful, but how are the different 8' table sizes handled?
There are two sizes for 8' tables. But the difference is relatively minimal in terms of calculating ball diameter. While the ball size may not be "perfect" on the two different 8' tables, it will be "close enough".
Q: Occasionally a ball image is partially on-the-rail, in addition to on-the-table. Why is this?
This is a normal and expected behavior of ICATS. Because the rail is raised above the table surface (~1 1/8") and due to the angle of the projector, ball images on the nearest rail to the projector will fall partially on the rail. On a properly calibrated table, when you put a real ball in that "nearest rail position", it will line up with the part of the image that is on the surface of the table.
Q: Can't a projector be mounted directly above the table?
It would be desirable to put a projector directly above the table. However, most projectors can't mount vertically due to thermal reasons, and laser projectors that can mount vertically cost >$1000. And then of course there is a pool pool table light that would compete for space and interfere with the projector...