What if you could duct tape your iPhone to your baseball bat, tennis racquet or 9-iron, and use the iPhone’s motion sensors to plot your swing in your favorite sport? It’d be messy, sure, and awkward, trying to adapt your grip over the slab of phone. And then there’d be the hours of scraping duct-tape residue off the screen when (if) you recovered it from where it landed after it flung itself off during that home-run swing. And after all that you’d need an app that actually made sense of all the data.
Forget all that, and keep your iPhone in your pocket. Zepp Labs has come out with a small, light (1-inch square, 6.3 grams) sensor that attaches, via specialized rubber housings, to golf gloves, baseball bats or a tennis racquets; the sensor records your swing in three dimensions, then sends the data directly to a companion app on your iPhone via Bluetooth. The resulting 3D image of your swing can be viewed from any angle, and gets analyzed by the app.
The sensor runs on an ARM processor that can record a thousand data points per second, and is powered by an eight-hour battery.
If you’re not keen on running around and smacking things with an iPhone in your pocket, the sensor can store information (Zepp Labs says it can store 2,000 golf and tennis swings, or 200,000 tennis swings) before the data needs to be emptied onto an iPad or iPhone.
The Zepp Multi-Sport Training System should be out next month at $150.
Source: Zepp Labs