Time was when sports equipment was made only from common, everyday, low-tech materials -- wood, cowhide, and pigskin.
No more, though. Today’s bats, balls, clubs, and shoes have a new high-tech ingredient. Silicon, in the form of microcontrollers, accelerometers, gyroscopes, transceivers, and memory chips, has joined the sports equipment domain. The new technology enables players to hone their game by gathering data on speed, power, and form, among many other metrics.
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Here, we’ve gathered a fraction of the many high-tech products aimed at the sports equipment market. From golf club motion sensors to ultra-wideband basketballs, we offer a look at some of the latest and greatest.
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Zepp Labs' Golf Sensor
Using the Zepp Labs’ Zepp 2 sensor, golfers can track club speed, club plane, tempo, hand path, backswing position, and hip rotation. The sensor, which contains two accelerometers and two gyroscopes, attaches to a glove-mount, then connects wirelessly to a handheld device, where it stores its data. Use of Zepp tracking devices has become widespread -- the company’s website says its devices have tracked more than 87 million swings.
(image source: Zepp Labs)
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Senior technical editor Chuck Murray has been writing about technology for 32 years. He joined Design News in 1987, and has covered electronics, automation, fluid power, and autos.