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Sony’s tennis racquet sensor can lift your game, set, and match

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Sensors for measuring key metrics have finally moved onto the tennis courts. Sony has released a Smart Tennis Sensor that can be attached to a number of compatible tennis racquets from Wilson, Head, Prince, and Yonnex, with the aim being to record and analyse your shot-making performance.
The 8-gram sensor can be attached to the end of the handle on select racquets where the vendor logo is usually located, and it has the ability to record the number of shots, as well as provide vibration analytics: it can detect the impact area of a shot, the type of swing that was used, the speed of the swing, whether the ball spun, and what the ball’s initial speed was.
Connection to Android or iOS smartphones or tablets is via Bluetooth for the purposes of synchronising data after a session, or for looking at real-time data through the Smart Tennis Sensor app. Up to 180 minutes worth of shots can be recorded when you don’t use Bluetooth for real-time analytics, with charging time being approximately 120 minutes, according to Sony.
The sensor is waterproof, dustproof, but there is no word on impact resistance, so don’t get too mad at any botched line calls just in case.
That said, it is just a practice device. You can use it to drive yourself to get better by tracking your progress after every session. Think of it as a Fitbit that records shots rather than steps, but which also records a lot more granular data for in-depth analysis. The sensor can even be used to sync with video footage, so your technique can be further scrutinised, and slow-motion and Motionshot sequences can also be created.
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Wasn't there something similar to this before? I think CharmedRic tried it. Who else? I wonder what the compatible racquets are since I'm in the market for a new racquet also.

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Wasn't there something similar to this before? I think CharmedRic tried it. Who else? I wonder what the compatible racquets are since I'm in the market for a new racquet also.
Do you like the Babolat Pure Drive? The Babolat Play is the same racquet but with an inbuilt sensor.
This video shows the app and its features.

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Did anyone tried it? I can help improve my game? I am thinking of buying one.
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Do you like the Babolat Pure Drive? The Babolat Play is the same racquet but with an inbuilt sensor.
This video shows the app and its features.

I haven't tried the Pure Drive. I have an old Pure Control racquet. But I've been meaning to look for another one. Just can't be bothered. I think I'll keep hitting with this.

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Did anyone tried it? I can help improve my game? I am thinking of buying one.
No, I still haven't.

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Hi,

You might want to check out another Tennis sensor called QLIPP. There was a review tennis warehouse here:

Mini-review: Qlipp Tennis Sensor | Talk Tennis
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I am using the zepp sensors for a half year

right now, I believe apps are more important, cause the real functions aren't that rich. It can record the racquet speed, percentage of sweet spot, count the forehand, backhand, top spin, flat, slice...so on. But when you are not in the 3D serving mode, the device can't really tell if it's overhead or serve...and the connection sucks too(bluetooth mode, when I'm in the middle of playing, sometimes reconnection was needed)

looks great though on the court with friends, shining yellow and led light, but that's probably the same situation when fitbit or jawborne came out(step counter as it was called in the beginning)

It will help your game for sure, but how much, it depends
hopefully more features will be added soon, features that can help you perform tennis technique correctly, instead of recording some simple cold stats for showing off

I still believe in technology, after all, training is all about feeling feedback and reconstruction, and technology has a better control of that

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Wasn't there something similar to this before? I think CharmedRic tried it. Who else? I wonder what the compatible racquets are since I'm in the market for a new racquet also.

I tried the Zepp sensor. It worked very nicely albeit a wonky blue tooth connection.

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Quite frankly, these are nice toys to have. But if you want to improve tennis, you should just invest in a nice tripod and tape yourself. You will be shocked that your strokes don't resemble anything like Federer LOL.
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You will be shocked that your strokes don't resemble anything like Federer LOL.
I'd never be shocked about that. Agree that it's likely to prove very useful. Does anyone actually compare their stats match to match, like I have tried doing?
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Here is a different twist on sensors that is on Kickstarter right now - using a smartwatch as the sensor:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects...over-your-game
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