The 10 Best New Sports Equipment Technologies

  • 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
  • The Easton Power Sensor slips over the knob of a baseball bat and intelligently detects such metrics as swing speed, power, timing, and direction. The removable sensor analyzes and records swing data for eight hours, then helps players identify trends thr
  • TheWilson X Connected Basketball is a gym rat’s dream. Using a sensor embedded in the ball, it enables players to track their shooting stats, including shots taken, shots made, two-pointers, three-pointers, and free throws. All of the information can be s
  • Blast Basketball brings computerized technology to the athletic side of basketball by capturing and analyzing jump shots, layups, and dunks. Users attach a sensor and wireless transceiver to a clip that attaches to a waistband, and the device measures suc
  • The XR 16 Pro Driver doesn’t employ onboard electronics, but its design is based on a unique technical collaboration between Callaway Golf and Boeing. The two companies used Boeing’s computational fluid dynamics (CFD) software to tweak the aerodynamics of
  • ShotTracker technology uses an ultra-wideband wireless transceiver to bring team analytics to basketball. Employing the chips in the basketball, on the players’ shoes, and at locations around the court, ShotTracker knows where the ball is, where the hoop
  • Under Armour doesn’t offer much detail on the technology inside its Speedform Gemini 2 running shoes, but the effects are an example of embedded computing at its best. The shoes tell wearers their distance, speed, pace, number of steps, average stride len
  • Anyone who has searched for a hand air pump and pin appreciates Spalding’s decade-old Neverflat basketball. Guaranteed to stay fully inflated 10 times longer than traditional balls, the Neverflat encapsulates a gas with so-called “Nitroflate” molecules th
  • Blast Golf enables golfers to analyze their putting, iron, and wood play. Using a motion sensor that attaches to the club grip, they can gather such putting data as back stroke and forward stroke time, as well as tempo. Full swings can be broken down to b
  • Zepp Labs' baseball analysis system uses accelerometers and gyroscopes to track bat speed, bat path, timing, angles of impact, and more. The sensor fits on a mount at the knob of the bat, then captures and visualizes the swing. Using Bluetooth wireless, i

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.

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.

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