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Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki are using this 'connected tennis racket' to better their game at Australian Open

The Australian Open is underway, and the players are looking at putting their best foot forward. This time around, in addition to hours and hours of practicing, players like Rafael Nadal and Caroline

babolat play connected smart racket

The Australian Open is underway, and the players are looking at putting their best foot forward. This time around, in addition to hours and hours of practicing, players like Rafael Nadal and Caroline Wozniacki are turning to technology to keep a track of their performance. A new Internet of Things device has cropped up in the market, and has managed to catch a few top player’s attention. Also Read - CES 2022: TCL showcases multiple new products including AR/VR glasses, laptop, mini LED TVs and more

Terming it as the ‘connected tennis racket’, the Babolat Play AeroPro Drive racket has in-built sensors that stores data about players’ games, number of strokes, moves, technique, shot power and much more to keep the player informed about their performance. This lets professional players keep a track  of their game themselves, without the need of a coach. The smart racket acts as a ‘virtual coach’ of sorts. Just push the button located below the racket, and it absorbs all your game information including ball impact and endurance. Also Read - MediaTek Filogic 130, Filogic 130A chipsets with Wi-Fi 6, Bluetooth 5.2 support launched for IoT devices

The racket has found many backers from the professional tennis scene. Rafael Nadal, Caroline Wozniacki and Ons Jabeur are all using the racket at the Australian Open currently. This is significant, as it indicates the rise of IoT in sports. Apart from tennis, we are seeing other sports welcoming IoT sports equipment too. In soccer, Adidas has introduced the miCoach Smart Ball which collects information on each kick. Basketball has 94Fifty’s smart ball with in-built sensors that measure the arc of each shot, backspin and the speed and intensity of a player’s dribble.

The biggest draw of the Babolat Play racket is its natural feel. It looks, feels, weighs and is designed just like a normal racket, but with built-in sensors. Retaining of traditional feel is a big plus point to rake in professional players to test it. The stored information can be then transferred to smartphones or desktops via Bluetooth or microUSB, and can be shared with friends to compare their game stats.

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  • Published Date: January 21, 2015 1:49 PM IST



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