The idea: Embedding motion sensors and pattern-recognition software inside a basketball so that it can calculate bounces, ball spin rate, and velocity down to the millisecond.
The 94Fifty basketball wirelessly transmits data to a computer, which produces a report of each shot and an analysis of your performance.
Researchers are licensing the chip to make other smart sporting goods as well, reports Popular Science. A soccer ball will roll out next year, a golf club will generate stroke analysis, and a baseball bat may break down swing mechanics.
Prices for the ball and software are listed online, starting at $1,695 for 2 balls for a team of 12 including a $59.95 annual data management fee per player.
Whose Idea: 94Fifty Sports Technologies
Why it’s brilliant: Practice makes perfect, and by measuring patterns in how a player handles a ball, coaches get a better understanding of areas the player needs to improve on. This way, if you’re a lousy athlete, at least you’ll know why.
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