If going on the pool table in your local bar is a humiliating experience then help is at hand.
Scientists at Aalborg University in Denmark have devised a smart pool table.
An overhead camera and laser placed above the interactive table watch the ball play, with a laser beam drawing shapes on the table pointing out the best shots.
A virtual coach called James, connected to the table via a computer, will help you improve your play with a series of exercises. More from the BBC here,