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Bursting onto the tennis sensor and gadget scene is the Sony Smart Sensor! Compatible with 2015 rackets from Wilson, Head, Prince and Yonex, the Sony sensor takes this revolutionary technology to a whole new level for tennis players, now incorporating video content to along with real-time shot stats delivered straight to your smartphone or tablet.
Connecting the sensor to your racket and Android/iOS device is easy once the sensor is charged and you’ve downloaded the free Sony app. Setup takes seconds and then you’re ready to take the court!
One of my favorite things about the Sony sensor is how unobtrusive and unnoticeable it is during play. You may feel it a little bit as you’re getting used to it if your hand drops off the end of the racket, but the tapered design of the sensor makes it really easy to forget about so you can focus on your game!
During play, the sensor tracks a number of different things, including shot type, impact spot, swing speed, ball speed and spin. It does so in real-time so that you can check your stats during any break in play on your smartphone or tablet.
My favorite feature of the Sony sensor has to be the Live Video mode that links up the real-time shot data with video footage. Record and play back video through the app while your shot data appears with each strike of the ball. This is an awesome feature for coaches working on their student’s techniques, as they can see their shot statistics along with the video to pick which strokes they want to replicate and which ones they want to improve on. It provides instant feedback along with being fun and interactive for both coach and player.
The biggest downside to me with this device was the battery life. In order to assure that it lasts through your entire hitting session you’ll probably want to recharge it before each time that you use it. According to Sony, the battery lasts about 90 minutes if you’re using the Bluetooth feature for real-time stats or 3 hours if you’re not. However, if you remember to charge it each time and you’re not expecting it to record your marathon matches or practice matches, this may not be an issue for you.
Overall, I think this is the most accurate and simple to use device of its kind. It also provides easy to interpret data and a very cool video feature to top it all off. Lastly, I really like how low-profile the design is so that you’re not feeling it and thinking about it during play. I guess we’ll have to wait and see what the coming months and years bring, but in my opinion, Sony has taken the “smart racket” technology to a whole new level!