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Butterfly Amicus Start

$1,289.99
$1,499.99
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The official Butterfly carrying bag and a ball recycling net are included.

See also: Amicus Expert and Amicus Prime

The 3-wheel head and net system is the same for all three Amicus models. The difference between these models is the control panel.

The new AMICUS START is a high-quality table tennis robot featuring precise and durable hardware combined with a user-friendly panel. Allowing for up to six balls per exercise, AMICUS START lets you adjust individual placement and select either topspin, sidespin or backspin for the exercise – even float balls without spin are possible. The Random function provides a realistic playing experience sure to improve footwork and technique alike.

Features

  • Simple interface
  • Up to 6 balls per drill, all balls with same spin, speed, & trajectory
  • Ball frequency of up to 100 balls per minute
  • Left-right Placement can change for each ball in a drill.
  • Connected with help of an easy and secure thin cable.
  • Optional (+$49.99): Key-fob-like remote control (small, lightweight and easy to fit in pocket).

What's Included

• Robot and Control Panel
• Ball Collection Net
• Universal power supply, cables, & US Adapter Plug
• Printed Owner's Manual in English, German, & French
• Accessory Packet with spare parts & tools
• Free 120 Butterfly Training Balls
• Free Butterfly Amicus Carry Bag
• Access to Fethomania: live robot training classes, extra training drills for your Amicus, downloadable video library
• 3-Year Manufacturer Warranty and 5-year parts availability guarantee
• FREE Tech Support from the Robot Guru, Larry Thoman (30+ years of experience with table tennis robots, author of 7 different owner’s manuals & holder of 3 table tennis robot patents)
• Megaspin Warranty Plus - free additional support by Megaspin to assist you in dealing with warranty issues with the manufacturer if needed

Download Product Manual (2MB PDF file)

Fethomania Training Classes

Fethomania is a monthly educational and training program for Butterfly Amicus Prime owners, presented by Bowmar Sports and featuring Stefan Feth and Larry Thoman. Participants receive training sessions with Stefan Feth, who demonstrates drills to improve table tennis skills and offers fundamental coaching tips. At the end of each session, Larry Thoman, the Robot Guru, answers any questions participants may have about their robots, including setup, maintenance, and more. Attendees are provided with links to download drill files for different robot models, ensuring they maximize the benefits of their Amicus robots.

Amicus customers get access to past session videos and downloadable drills:


Warranty  Butterfly Amicus robots come with a 3-year warranty against factory defects. Warranty does not cover misuse of the robot. If new robot parts are required to resolve an issue, they can only be shipped to a US address.

Return Policy  Amicus robots can be returned within 30 days, no questions asked. A restocking fee of 10% of the robot price will apply.

Parts  are guaranteed to be available within 5 years of purchase.


Feature Amicus Start Amicus Expert Amicus Prime
Controller Wired Control Box Wired Control Box Android Tablet (supplied) with app pre-installed. Also can download and use Amicus app on any Android or iOS device.
Tablet Charging N/A N/A Tablet cable allows tablet to be charged from robot.
Wireless Remote Yes (optional) RF Remote has Start, Stop, & Frequency +/- buttons. Can connect up to 4 remotes to a robot. Yes (supplied) RF Remote has Start, Stop, & Frequency +/- buttons. Can connect up to 4 remotes to a robot. Yes (supplied). RF Remote has Start, Stop, & Frequency +/- buttons. Can connect up to 4 remotes to a robot.
Controller Attachment Slip-on metal bracket, detachable from controller. Slip-on metal bracket, detachable from controller. Slip-on metal bracket, detachable from controller.
Controller-Robot Connection Thin, light cable with 3.5mm jacks. Thin, light cable with 3.5mm jacks. Bluetooth (wireless)
Programmable Up to 6 shots. Position only can be changed. Spin, speed, and height remain same. Up to 7 shots. Adjust speed, spin type, spin amount, height, and position for each shot. Up to 10 shots. Adjust speed, spin type, spin amount, height, timing, & position of each shot.
Sampling Button No (but available on optional remote) Yes (also on remote) Yes (also on remote)
Memory Capacity None Save up to 99 drills, from 1 to 7 shots each. Virtually unlimited memory. 16Gb storage included on supplied tablet and can be extended with Micro SD (TF) card.
Pre-Programmed Drills None 21, can be modified or replaced. 21, can be modified or deleted.
Drill Ordering No Numerical only. Each drill identified with a number. Any way the user wants. Each drill can have a custom name and order can be changed.
Drill Search N/A N/A Yes, any text in drill title
Drill Description N/A N/A Yes - can add description, purpose of drill, tips, etc.
Drill Diagrams N/A N/A Top and side view diagrams, allows user to determine ball order, speed, spin type, spin amount, placement, & trajectory of each ball in 1 glance.
Mirror Function No No Yes - makes drills run correctly for either right or left handed players, or to quickly create a new drill variation.
Miscellaneous Controller Functions None None Direct email customer support. Virtual updates to fix bugs and add features. Manual viewable in app. Share drills & messages with friends.
Serve Delay No No Yes-drills that begin with a serve have a short delay added at start of each repetition to simulate the pause at the start of a point in a real game.
Serve Number & Order None None 1, 2, or 3 - if 2 or 3 serves are designated, robot will alternate serves to start each drill repetition; if Type Random is on, robot randomizes the serves.
Random Settings Yes, 3 types-Scatter, which scatters shots within a 20 cm radius of a selected point; Place, which randomly delivers a shot to 2 or more selected points; and Scatter+Place, which combines these two random modes. Yes, 3 types - Scatter, which scatters shots within a 20 cm radius of a selected point; Place, which randomly delivers a shot to 2 or more selected points; and Scatter+Place, which combines these two random modes. Yes, 8 types - Scatter , to scatter shots within a 20km radius of a selected spot; Place , to randomly deliver a shot to 2 or more selected spots; and Type, to throw balls with random spin, speed, and height. You can also combine any of the modes: Scatter+Place ,Scatter+Type , Place+Type , and Scatter+Place+Type . Also Sector , which allows placement of individual balls to be randomized.
Ball Frequency 11~100 Balls Per Minute 1~100 Balls Per Minute 5~120 Balls Per Minute
Frequency Steps Variable-control knob has no discernable steps, but does have 8 indicator marks. 100, in units of 1 115, in units of 1
Frequency Customization None Automatic Frequency Control (AFC) provides automatic, more natural timing between shots of varying speed and spin. Individual Frequency Control (IFC) allows you to individually adjust timing between two programmed balls.
Stopping Ball Delivery Turn knob on controller to off position. Button press on controller or remote. Also Cycle can stop/start play automatically. Button press on remote or controller. Also Cycle can stop/start play automatically.
Interval Training No Yes. Cycle pauses and then restarts play automatically. Play period can be set to 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, or 90 seconds. Pause period can be set to 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 seconds. Yes. Cycle pauses and restarts play automatically. Quickset options for 20/40/60/80 second play periods with break period automatically set to 1/2 of play period. Custom play/break periods can be set from 10-120 seconds for play and 5-60 seconds for break. Play period can also be regulated by number of balls (10-180) instead of time.
3rd Ball Attack Training No No Yes, wheels are placed in wait mode until tablet detects second bounce of serve and then drill begins.
# & Type of Wheels Three 4" foam. Three 4" foam. Three 4" foam.
Spin Types Topspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, top/left spin, top/right spin, back/left spin, back/right spin, no spin. Topspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, top/left spin, top/right spin, back/left spin, back/right spin, no spin. Topspin, backspin, left sidespin, right sidespin, top/left spin, top/right spin, back/left spin, back/right spin, no spin.
Spin Amount Steps 6 for topspin, 4 for backspin, sidespin has variable control knob with no discernable steps, but 4 indicators. 6 for topspin, 4 for backspin, 5 for right sidespin, 5 for left sidespin. 7 for topspin, 5 for backspin, 6 for right sidespin, 6 for left sidespin.
Speed/Spin Range @ 50/50 to 100/0 @ 50/50 to 100/0 @ 10/90 to 100/0
How does wheel speed determine spin type & speed/spin ratio? Speed of 3 wheels relative to each other, forward spinning only. Speed of 3 wheels relative to each other, forward spinning only. Speed and direction of wheels relative to each other, forward and backward spinning.
Ball Speed Steps 22 21 25
Shot Types Counter, fast loop, push, chop, lob, serve, dead block, flat kill, smash. Counter, fast loop, push, chop, lob, serve, dead block, flat kill, smash. Counter, fast loop, slow loop, push, chop, lob, serve, dead block, flat kill, smash, heavy chop, heavy serve.
Oscillation Steps Variable-control knob does not have discernable steps, but has 9 indicator marks. 17 17
Osc. Movement Deflector plate; permits very quick left/right placements Deflector plate; permits very quick left/right placements Deflector plate; permits very quick left/right placements
Elevation Steps Approximately 108 with 9 indicator marks. 154 (19 indicators) 154 (154 indicators)
Elev. Movement Deflector plate; permits very quick up/down placements Deflector plate; permits very quick up/down placements Deflector plate; permits very quick up/down placements
Rot. Movement N/A (no head rotation) N/A (no head rotation) N/A (no head rotation)
Silent Mode Yes, there are no fans, and motors stop when ball delivery stops. Yes, there are no fans, and motors stop when ball delivery stops. Yes, there are no fans, and motors stop when ball delivery stops.
Power Supply External wall wart with US power cord. Input: 100~240V, 50~60Hz; Output: 24V, 2.7A. External wall wart with US power cord. Input: 100~240V, 50~60Hz; Output: 24V, 2.7A. External wall wart with US power cord. Input: 100~240V, 50~60Hz; Output: 24V, 2.7A.
Ball Projection Height Adjustable-8", 9.5", 11", & 12.5" above table surface. Adjustable-8", 9.5", 11", & 12.5" above table surface. Adjustable-8", 9.5", 11", & 12.5" above table surface.
Table Thickness Adjustable? Yes, rubber tips screw/unscrew to accommodate table thickness from 3/8" to 1" (9mm to 25mm) Yes, rubber tips screw/unscrew to accommodate table thickness from 3/8" to 1" (9mm to 25mm) Yes, rubber tips screw/unscrew to accommodate table thickness from 3/8" to 1" (9mm to 25mm)
Ball Recycling Net Yes Yes Yes
Side Net Attachment Rubber band slips over table-net bracket and around table-net clamp screw. Small end of side net tapers to a point. Rubber band slips over table-net bracket and around table-net clamp screw. Small end of side net tapers to a point. Rubber band slips over table-net bracket and around table-net clamp screw. Small end of side net tapers to a point.
Robot Dimensions, Unfolded 62"W x 33.75"H x 63"D 62"W x 33.75"H x 63"D 62"W x 33.75"H x 63"D
Robot Dimensions, Folded 9.5"W x 31"H x 12.75"D 9.5"W x 31"H x 12.75"D 9.5"W x 31"H x 12.75"D
Carton Size 33"L x 15"W x 15"H 33"L x 15"W x 15"H 33"L x 15"W x 15"H
Weight, Net/Gross 20.1 lb/27.25 lb.* 20.0 lb./27.25 lb.* 20.2 lb./28.6 lb.*
Printed Manuals Owner's Manual in English, German, and French (detailed). Owner's Manual in English, German, and French (detailed). Owner's Manual in English, German, and French (detailed). Manual also displayed on tablet and/or downloaded online.
Carry/Storage Bag Yes - free. Heavy duty material, padded with 4 pockets and 2 internal straps, and external feet for standing upright. Yes - free. Heavy duty material, padded with 4 pockets and 2 internal straps, and external feet for standing upright. Yes - free. Heavy duty material, padded with 4 pockets and 2 internal straps, and external feet for standing upright.
Balls Included 120 Training Balls 120 Training Balls 120 Training Balls
Spare Parts/Tools Included Side Net Rubber Bands, Wheel Adjustment Gauge, 2mm & 4mm Hex Wrenches (for replacing & adjusting wheels), Repair White Strip. Side Net Rubber Bands, Wheel Adjustment Gauge, 2mm & 4mm Hex Wrenches (for replacing & adjusting wheels), Repair White Strip. Side Net Rubber Bands, Wheel Adjustment Gauge, 2mm & 4mm Hex Wrenches (for replacing & adjusting wheels), Repair White Strip.
Upgradeable Yes, to Expert or Prime Yes, to Prime No
Manufacturer Warranty 3 years + 5 year Parts Availabilty Guarantee 3 years + 5 year Parts Availabilty Guarantee 3 years + 5 year Parts Availabilty Guarantee
Country of Origin Hungary, except carry case & power supply, which are from China. Hungary, except carry case & power supply, which are from China. Hungary, except carry case, power supply, & tablet which are from China.
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