Babolat introduces the world’s first “connected” tennis racquet.
Babolat has just announced the Babolat Play, the world's first "connected" racquet and the first truly different tennis racquet of the year. I wrote on an early version of this Babolat stick back in June 2012. This December you can give the real deal a swing.
The Babolat Play allows every player a unique, quantified sports experience. The technology is already being used for running and biking. Why not tennis?
Eric Babolat, president and CEO of Babolat said, "The course of tennis history will change with connected racquets, and that starts with Babolat Play. I believe that in the near future, all tennis racquets will be connected."
Here's how it works: Sensors integrated into the racquet allow players access to information about their own tennis game.
The sensors collect data on shot power and ball impact location (i.e. sweet spot or not) along with number of strokes (forehand, backhand, serve, smash), spin level, total and effective play time, endurance, technique, consistency, energy and rallies.
When the player has finished on court, information is transmitted through a Bluetooth connection with a smartphone or USB to computer, and is viewable on any type of device (including tablets). Players can share downloaded information through a dedicated platform at BabolatPlay.com and on a new Babolat Play App.
Specifications: The Babolat Play Pure Drive (the racquet being launched) has the same physical specifications as a regular Babolat Pure Drive racquet.
Headsize 645cm²/100 sq. in.
Weight 300g / 10.6 oz
Balance 320 mm/7 pts. HL
Grip Size 1-5
MSRP $399.00 USD
If you want to Play test before The Babolat Play officially hits the market, visit Facebook.com/BabolatPlay for your chance.
12/2013: The Babolat Play Pure Drive is now available.