Tennis Racquet Tracks Data To Improve Player’s Swing [CES 2014]

The Babolat Play can measure a player’s power, swing, technique, and more.

At this year’s CES, racquet equipment manufacturer Babolat has unveiled the world’s first connected tennis racquet, the Babolat Play.

The sports and fitness trackers available today are mostly small devices that people have to wear or bring with them during their games or workout. The fitness industry is constantly developing items like fitness bracelets, belts, or small tracking chips embedded in fitness apparel. Just recently, OMSignal has come out with a fitness tracking shirt that measures the user’s vitals throughout the day.

The Babolat Play is unique in the sense that it uses the actual sports equipment to help the user improve their game.

The connected racquet has sensors on the handle and can measure a player’s power, technique, swing, ball impact, and more. The data collected can be sent to the accompanying app that lets users assess their data and make the necessary adjustments to improve their game. The app also allows users to stack themselves up against other users through an online community.

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Babolat Play is considered a big change for tennis, a sport that hasn’t been conquered by connective technology as much as other sports. The International Tennis Federation (ITF), however, has recognized that the sport is slowly going in that direction and has made a new rule that allows analysis technologies during competitions.

The Babolat Play, which sells for $399, shows how much the quantified self movement has gone past separate gadgets to the actual sports equipment.

Watch the promo video of the connected racquet below.

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Source: NY Times, Mashable

Images: Babolat Play

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