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Sony's Smart Tennis Sensor promises to supply real-time performance stats to players of al...

Connected technology keeps creeping its way into all kinds of activities, and tennis is a sport that seems to be at the forefront with products like Smash, Shot Stats and Play Pure Drive already coming out. Now, Sony is looking to get into the mix with the introduction of its creatively-named Smart Tennis Sensor. Generic name aside, Sony is promising some pretty cool features, so this might be one for tennis addicts to keep on their radar.  Read More

Smash is a device aimed at allowing tennis players to track and improve their performance

The wearable tech market is growing rapidly, and while it might sometimes seem like an unnecessary luxury for most walks of life, one place it actually does make sense is in sports. Athletes are always looking for ways to improve their performance, and wearable devices allow them to track exactly what they need to work on. Smash is a new device that its creator hopes will offer these benefits specifically to tennis players.  Read More

The Challenger acts as a vibration dampener and swing tracker

Thanks in large part to crowd-funding sites like Kickstarter, the number of performance watches and monitors available has exploded in recent years. It seems that every new week brings a new sports monitor. The latest to catch our attention is the simply named Shot Stats Challenger. This monitor clips onto a tennis racket, tracking swing metrics.  Read More

The Zepp system offers the type of analysis that simply wasn't available anywhere a decade...

Zepp Labs' training systems for Baseball, Golf and Tennis go on sale this week, offering sophisticated scientific analysis in three of the most commonly played and universally loved sports. A small bat/racket/glove-mounted unit containing a powerful ARM processor and multiple sensors, captures data at 1,000 data points per second on the athlete's swing, then transfers that data via Bluetooth to a smartphone or tablet for immediate analysis and feedback.  Read More

The Babolat Play Pure Drive sensor-packed racket and mobile device app

For fitness enthusiasts wanting to keep track of performance, or sports professionals looking for real-time information to help improve their game, the selection of monitoring devices is pretty good ... if you happen to be a runner or a cyclist. There's even one for kayakers. If you're a tennis player, however, your options are pretty much non-existent. Veteran French racket specialist Babolat is looking to address this shortfall with the release of its Play Pure Drive. The sensor packed racket collects data on a player's game, which is then transmitted to a smartphone or tablet running a proprietary app for analysis.  Read More

The Babolat Play & Connect interactive tennis racquet is said to look and feel like any ot...

Some people argue that technology makes us lazy couch-potatoes who spend all day sitting in front of various screens. But tech can also make us better athletes by providing us with information about our sporting performance - whether it's shoes which log a basketball player's jumps, or outfits which give dancers feedback about their moves. Tennis players could soon be getting in on the tech-helping-hand action with the introduction of an interactive racquet.  Read More

In the new racquet game of 360ball, players hit a ball into a central concave dish, trying...

It’s kind of like table tennis, kind of like squash, and looks like it would definitely be a good workout – it’s 360ball, a new racquet sport out of South Africa. Games are played on a circular court by two players, or two teams of two players, who are situated around a central concave deflecting disc. Players hit the ball into the disc, trying to do so in such a way that when it bounces out, their opponent(s) won’t be able to reach it. Unlike tennis, say, there are no designated sides on which players have to remain. Instead, everyone is allowed to move 360 degrees around the disc as play dictates ... hence the name.  Read More

The Hyperdog 4-Ball Launcher can fire a tennis ball up to 200ft and has hands-free pick up...

The first thing that gets tired when I take my two Border Collies for their morning walk is my arm – from repeatedly throwing a tennis ball for them. I used a tennis racket once but after two hits the ball was in someone else’s backyard, lost forever. Try explaining that to two ball-crazy canines. But relief for people like me – owners of dogs with boundless energy but blessed with a poor throwing arm - thanks to the Hyperdog 4-Ball Launcher.  Read More

The insect terminator tennis racket

An early contender for the bang-per-buck gadget of the year is the Bug Bat - a handheld insect killer that delivers a high voltage zap. With the form factor of a tennis racket, anything that touches the “strings” on the racket face is delivered a powerful electric shock – more than enough to send any insect it comes in contact with it into the hereafter. The scariest feature is its compelling nature: once you’ve heard the electric crackle of death from a pinpoint backhand, otherwise rational and balanced humans get a look in their eye like the dog that tasted blood. This product bats way beyond its sub-US$20 price range in terms of enjoyment and usefulness.  Read More

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