Sports & Fitness

The Connected Racquet Is Here

For those serious about tennis, Sony may just have released a product that will improve your game.

 

Yes, a technology company assisting you with your sports ball game. The Sony Smart Tennis Sensor is now available in Australia and it is taking the internet of things (IoT) onto the court.

A relatively small sensor weighing only 8 grams screws into the bottom of your tennis racquet, connects to your smartphone and allows you to log more information about your swing than you’ve ever imagined.

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So what exactly can it log? Number of shots; Ball impact spot; Swing type(Determines the swing type); Swing speed; Ball speed (Initial speed) and Ball spin. Additionally, you can use live video mode to record and play back footage which automatically syncs with your shot data, so you can further analyse your technique. You’ll then be able to watch this in slow motion to really analyse how you can improve your performance.

It’ll run for 180 minutes in data logging mode or in live sync mode you’ll manage 90 minutes, which for me would be more than one game! If you have an Android Wear smartwatch you can also view the live data on your wrist, it might just give you an edge during a game 😉

If you have a Wilson, Prince, YONEX or Head racquet then Sony has a nifty little gadget to help you. It is available now for $249.

Living in Sydney his entire life, Geoff has always had a close eye on technology. Through school and immediately after, tech held his focus. Attending University later in life, Geoff began his IT career immediately after leaving high school and has been in the industry ever since. In his spare time he launched a YouTube channel focused on consumer tech that had millions of views. This led to work on community radio talking tech every week and has now stepped him into the studios of 2GB / 4BC every Saturday helping people with tech problems and reviewing the latest gadgets.

When Geoff is looking away from the screen he can be found holding a glass of red wine, spending time with friends and/or watching the Formula 1.

 

 

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