Train like a tennis pro with this new gadget

Sony smart sensor racquetIt seems there’s a high tech tracker for almost every fitness pursuit these days, but this is the first we’ve seen here at Sporteluxe that’s designed to help you wow people with your amazing tennis skills.

This week, Sony unveiled its new Smart Tennis Sensor, a small cap-like gadget that fits on the end of any racket made recently by Wilson, Prince, HEAD or YONEX. You just unscrew the logo cap and attach the sensor, which uses vibration and sensory technology to record its movement during your game or training stint.

Like most of the tracker watches we’re already used, this pairs with your phone or computer via Bluetooth and links to an app, but what does it record? Everything from the basics, like number of shots, your swing speed and the spin you put on the ball to the impact hot spots the ball connects with on your racket.

Sony tennis Smart SensorWe especially love the live video mode function, which means you can have someone film your shots on your smart phone, then analyse the footage which is linked to the data collected on your racket. The slow motion mode means you’ll never get away with sloppy technique again too. You can even get real time coaching advice from your phone while you’re playing

Sony Tennis Smart SensorAgain, like most running or activity trackers now, you can chart your progress over time on the app, which keeps a record of every tennis stroke you’ve ever attempted with the Sony Tennis Sensor in tow.

The Sony Smart Tennis Sensor, RRP $249 through Sony.com.au, Sony Kiosks, Sony Centres and leading sporting outlets.

 

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Rachel Sharp
As the only media identity in Australia to have edited both luxury fashion and fitness magazines, award-winning journalist Rachel Sharp has worked in Sydney, London and Dubai, holding the position of editor on titles including Harper’s BAZAAR and GRAZIA. In 2012, she successfully launched the Australian edition of Women’s Fitness magazine, which scooped Launch of the Year at the 2013 Publishers Australia Excellence Awards. Equal parts fashion-obsessed and fitness enthusiast, Rachel – who grew up in the idyllic beach town of Port Macquarie and is mum to two young children – holds a Bachelors degree in Medical Science and Masters in Writing for Media. Despite the fact she absolutely loves what she does for a living, Rachel would still rather be surfing or snowboarding than at her computer. Carpe diem!