As smartphones and tablets become more and more a part of our everyday lives, more and more people are coming up with ways to bring cutting-edge tech into the world of sports. Sometimes that means putting sensors inside a ball to collect data and help you train; other times it involves wearing a sensor to track your activity. In nearly ever case, information is dumped to a phone or tablet app which helps you make sense of it and improve your skills.
So in a lot of ways, you might look at ShotTracker and think, "Seen it." But look again. The basketball-focused sensor and app, which were released in November, utilizes a net sensor and one you wear on your wrist to track things like how many shots you've taken and made, where on the court you've shot from, and how much time you've spent shooting around. (You can use any basketball you already own.) All this info is sent to the player app in real time, so the data and analysis are ready as soon as you're done with your workout. You can also stack your stats up against your friends and teammates to see who has the hottest hand.
That's all cool and all, but where ShotTracker really sets itself apart is with its coach's app. A team can get ShotTracker sensors to players to use as they practice, and their data will be sent to not only their player app but their coach's app. From there, the coach can track the activity of the entire team, create workouts, and assign drills to specific players.
This kind of community functionality is rare with tech like this, and it makes ShotTracker a worthy entry into the crowded field of digital sports equipment.
Here are a couple images of the ShotTracker experience, along with a video of how it works:
The ShotTracker Package — which includes a net sensor, wrist sensor, wrist band, sleeve, and charging unit — costs $149.99 and can be purchased on shottracker.com. Both the player and coach apps are free to download for iOS devices in the Apple App Store. The player app is also available in the Google Play store for Android devices.
Photos courtesy ShotTracker