Babolat launches POP, its first connected wristband.
Connected tennis is big business. Players looking for new ways to improve their game are turning to the data they personally generate through hitting. There are quite a few connected products out there but Babolat, who led the charge with its Babolat PLAY racquet, continues to innovate, taking tennis from conventional to connected with its latest foray, the new Babolat POP.
I attended the product launch last week at Midtown Racquet Club in NYC and watched as the device was put to work on 4 courts filled with racquet wielding kids of all ages and abilities.
POP is a performance wearable that works with any tennis racket, pairing via Bluetooth with an IOS or Android device that displays your stats live. When worn on your hitting arm POP collects information about your game, and allows players to analyze data on the spot and – more fun- interact with and challenge friends near and far thanks to social and gaming features. This is where I think they will pull in many kids.
Clubs could use these for team drills and kids for practice time where hitting becomes a living video game where your physical activity challenges a friend’s.
Here’s how to put POP on:
You only have to remove the sensor when charging.
Like most racquet connecting technology POP will define your swing, analyze the quality of your topspin or measure your overall performance using data including: number and type of shot (forehands, backhands, smashes, volleys, serves), spin, power, playtime, best rally and number of shots per minute. Here’s a shot of Sam Querrey trying it out with his serves.
“It’s great that it works with any racket. I can challenge my coach, my friends. Anyone that plays tennis could essentially use it.” – Sam Querrey
Here are a few more screen shots so you can get a better feel for the technology:
The POP comes with wristband, sensor, charger and USB cable.
update 10/4/2015: Babolat POP is available now.
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