Data analysis and technology in sport are becoming the norm; from baseball’s Sabermetrics, to OPTA stats in soccer, fans and coaches alike are hungry for a constant flow of stats that are thrown around by pundits and analysts with mind-boggling accuracy.
Data tracking devices are now being moved down to the consumer end of the scale, and from performance enhancement and injury prevention to sharing your data on social media, consumer brands are flocking to release products to cash in on the public’s new-found enthusiasm for technology in sport.
Here are 10 potentially game changing pieces of technology in sport, that are available now or will be released in 2015:
With an advertising campaign featuring Rafael Nadal, Babolat Play has got some star appeal, but the attention is not unwarranted; Babolat is a powerful tennis racket that measures your performance in real time and aggregates the data on your smart device.
It allows for a detailed breakdown of the strengths and weaknesses in your game, and means you can analyze and share your data with ease.
When the San Francisco 49ers linebacker, Chris Borland, retired after his rookie season this year citing concern about repeated head injuries, the spotlight was thrown upon the long-term medical effects that professional football can have on the body.
Brain Sentry’s neat sticker device allows coaches and players to measure the impact that tackling and blocking is having on their bodies with a view to improve technique and reduce potentially damaging collisions.
Rather than a personal training device, Swimtag is provided to users through their leisure centers/swimming pools.
Swimmers are given a wristband at the start of their session, and from there, their data is transmitted to a central hub which users can access from any internet connected device.
You can then share you lengths, split times and more with your friends online, as Swimtag is integrated with social media.
Diamond Kinetics has partnered with SportsBoard, allowing users to track their baseball hitting data accurately and simply – Billy Beane must have been dreaming about software like this.
Now a batter’s swing can be broken down across a spreadsheet allowing coaches and players to evaluate and improve form.
Moov is a neat training device that thoroughly tracks your workout be it on the track or in the pool.
It records your workout wirelessly and can prompt your smart device to give you encouragement and pointers as you train.
One to look out for in the future, the SmartMat is now available for pre-order. It tracks your yoga workout data, streaming it to your smart device, and allows you to improve your form over time.
It’s pretty impressive as, despite its smart function, it still rolls up and is fully portable.
Sensoria is using technology in sport to prevent the injury as well as improving performance, and with that in mind Sensoria’s smart-sock is designed to prevent foot injuries in runners.
The socks are fitted with sensors and can tell you in real time if your technique needs adjusting.
When connected with your wireless device, Sensoria can provide you with updates on your technique as you run to keep users injury-free.
94Fifty has created a smart basketball that tracks all the kinetic data from the player, including dribbling power, spin applied to shots and the trajectory that the ball is shot at.
All of the data, which can be fed back to players and coaches in real time, can be applied to help players improve their technique.
Having set about designing probably the most advanced motorcycle helmet in the world, technology in sport meets the future with Skully.
With its digital heads up display and blind spot cameras, Skully seems more fighter pilot than motoGP.
Skully is available for pre-orders and customers are expected to get their first products in December 2015.
Part heart rate monitor, part personal trainer, the main feature in Jabra headphones is the integrated heart rate monitor that allows you keep at the right intensity level for your workout.
As a bonus perk the headphones are among the best-fitted ear buds you can buy, and they’re built to US military spec in terms of rain, dust, shock and sand resistance.
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