It seems like everything is becoming quantified these days: from connected homes to connected cars, it's easy to find everyday consumer items that are constantly gathering analytics. Not to be left out, the data-mining 94Fifty Bluetooth Sensor has made its way into one of America's most popular sports. 94Fifty Bluetooth Sensor Basketballs, are the first digital sports products to be embedded with inertial motion sensors, serving up coaches and players with various metrics concerning ballhandling, shooting, jump-explosion, defensive foot-speed agility and athleticism. The sensors even measure information that the eye doesn't see, like muscle memory, strong versus weak hand use and coordination.
Now, don't get the wrong idea: this isn't some pedometer bauble. Envision something more like I, Robot meets "Eye of the Tiger" meets NBA Jam. By utilizing the company's proprietary Point of Force measurement technologies, which include the aforementioned sensors as well as sophisticated counting algorithms that instantly measure over 6,000 pieces of data per second and derive consistent snapshots of how the player shoots, handles or moves with the ball, the 94Fifty proves itself a serious training tool.
But it doesn't just track analytics. Personalized workouts, delivered through four accompanying apps (Quick Train, Workout, Compete and Challenge), bolster the deficit areas of a player's skill set. While Quick Train and Workout apps are based on skill development, the Compete and Challenge apps are particularly innovative. These allow players to compete with anyone around the world in real time, using Twitter to communicate the results (trash talk optional). Couple those apps with wireless charging, up to eight hours of battery life and a one-year warranty, and you've got the smartest basketball setup in the world. Before you send a tweet challenge to MJ, though, best get that crossover down.
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