Connected technology seems to be the new trend nowadays. We see it everywhere, in fitness tracker, pet and baby surveillance gadgets and more recently even in tennis. Sony is now trying to test the waters of this market with its brand new Smart Tennis Sensor. Despite its pretty generic name, the company promises all kinds of cool features with their new gadget.
The company designed a racket-mounted sensor for its device. The sensor is placed directly at the bottom of the racket’s handle. Sony is working together with Wilson, and by extension, Prince and Yonex in order to be able to offer rackets that are compatible with their sensor. They explained that the Smart Tennis Sensor will have a “compact enough body to accompany the sleek yet performance-driven rackets.”
First of all, the sensor will be able to track any metric and statistic that a tennis player or their coach could need. Among these metrics and statistics we name: shot count, ball impact spot, swing speed, ball speed and ball spin. Moreover, the sensor will be able to tell the difference between shot types.
The Smart Tennis Sensor is actually made of an array of sensors that detect motion, vibration, wave, and others. It uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone. Afterwards, an Android or iOS app helps the user check the data in real time. For example, a tennis player is able to check out the ball speed as soon as he or she made the shot.
The International Tennis Federation has decided that the device can be used in competition with some conditions. The live features can only be used when coaching, but the recording of data is allowed at any point. The Smart Tennis Sensor will be available starting with January 2015. Those interested will be able to find it at Wilson and at some retailers. Its price tag will be $200. What do you think of this new device?
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