We began our scouting experience back in the mid-90's. Over the years we have been involved in many capacities from Cub Scout leaders to committee members in our troop. When we joined our pack the track was a very old and small wooden track that everyone knew had a "special" lane. They actually did have a timer that was literally made out of tinker toys. They also had software to judge the races with the double elimination method. When our younger son was in the third grade, Dick volunteered to run the event since we had been around a while and knew what to do. The leadership, however, decided to do a Space event instead of the Pinewood. We were up for the challenge and built the track. Dick, being an engineering type, designed a new timer to work on that track. He also needed to rewrite the software because of some limitations that the original software had. It was a ton of work but the event was a success. The following fall the leadership decided to look into a new track for the Pinewood Derby. A few of us built a new track with an aluminum top over that winter. We would have chosen BestTrack's if they were around. The tinker toy timer was not working so we modified the Space timer's design to fit onto the new Challenger track. We were so successful at running these events that the pack asked us to come back even after our boys moved on and we gladly did. In fact, the boys in our troop were a key element in working the event and the integration of pack and troop worked as a wonderful bonding event for both.
We operate as a family run business through our eTekGadget.com website. We are the designer and manufacturer of the SmartLine Finish Line Timer products including the popular SmartLine Photo Finish device and software. We own Probe Products Corporation, which will be celebrating it's 25th Anniversary of providing quality signal conditioning equipment to major manufacturing companies in the US and Canada. We most recently designed and manufacture the electronics for the popular Champ timer from BestTrack.
We have many years of engineering and computer expertise in a highly technical industry. Richard is a graduate of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Physics. He has many years experience designing systems for the gaging and dimensional measurement industry. I am a graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, NY with a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science. I have worked on many different software projects at several companies including IBM.
We offer the SmartLine Timer to other organizations so they can run more fair and fun derby races as we have enjoyed with our pack over the years. We have been involved in the Cub Scout's Pinewood Derby® for over 15 years and we have developed this finish line timer and used our software with great success and we foresee equal success for you.
We have been asked, "Why should we buy your timer?". We build the SmartLine timers with your group in mind. We know you want a quality product that is going to last and produces accurate results. That's why we use state of the art electronics and mold the sensitive parts into plastic. We build the timer to work with or without a computer. All the functions are enabled and published for anyone to use at no extra charge. We also supply software with every timer for setting up the timer's parameters. We created a way of capturing pictures and displaying the photo finish to add excitement to your event.
We are offering our SmartLine Timer, Photo Finish and all our accessories at the lowest price possible. We know how hard it is to raise the funds for this but we know you will be happy with this product. We will also assist in solving your specific problems and direct you to various solutions.
Nancy and Richard Fritz