Cameras shrink into wearable tech with U-HWK
Wearable tech grows on, or shrinks in the case of the camera. The U-HWK Show is a small sports action camera you wear that allows you to capture in-game, point of view footage via incorporation in your equipment. We all know Go Pro, true but the U-HWK camera is smaller, more compact, and mounts unobtrusively on sports equipment so it can be used during play – pretty cool viewing field or ice action from the player point of view.
So tennis… Tennis players can wear the camera headlamp-style (see below) via a strap worn like a standard tennis headband. Admittedly, sports involving helmets have it a little easier.
The U-HWK is inspired by the training models followed by fighter jet pilots, giving athletes the ability to re-evaluate their in-game decision making in order to provide new solutions for performance and preparation.
I’m not sure how much more helpful the U-HWK will be in tennis when compared with examining match footage but it’s another step forward.
We already have the devices for looking at strokes, spin and more (Babolat’s POP for ex.). The U-HWK may offer a new way of examining tennis movement, shot selection, head positioning and more.
The camera is simple to install, curved and easily removable to charge and/or download video via USB.
“We have seen consistent advances in the way athletes prepare themselves physically to optimize performance,” says Shea Kewin, co-founder of the camera’s maker U-HWK. “Athletes today are better prepared physically but still have limited options available to them for mental or cognitive training, and this is the skill that wins or loses games. The U-HWK Show amplifies skill sessions and post-play video analysis along with highlight reels that boost confidence, especially in young athletes…”
U-HWK is not on the market yet and has launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for its first run of manufacturing. Go take a look. It’s intriguing.
To learn more go to uhwk.com or visit the Kickstarter campaign.