With the release of the Babolat Play racket in 2013, Babolat successfully took tennis into the modern information era by incorporating recordable numbers and recognisable analytics. This year, the French company intends to increase the variety of connected items it offers by introducing a tennis sensor known as the Babolat Pulse that can be detached from its base.
Babolat is the only company that has successfully integrated sensor technology into the butt of a tennis racket as of this writing. Its connected range is equipped with a sensor that is incorporated into the handle as well as a matching app that syncs through Bluetooth and records information on your playing performance. Your performance is analyzed by the rackets, which are equipped with a number of sensors, and the data is then transmitted to a mobile application. You also have the ability to track your development toward a variety of different skill levels.
At the moment, the Babolat collection consists of three different rackets: the Babolat Play Pure Drive, the Babolat AeroPro Drive, and the Babolat Pure Drive Lite. These three operate and feel precisely the same as their “more traditional” counterparts in every respect.
However, this is not the end of the connected tennis equipment that this company offers. A review of the Babolat and PIQ tennis sensors has been published on our website. A PIQ sensor and a Babolat wrist display are included in this package for your convenience. This high-tech wristband made of neoprene is being marketed as the world’s first linked bracelet to feature a display that shows the current time.
Marketing material that was apparently leaked implies that Babolat is preparing to break new ground once again.The new Babolat Pulse is a lightweight (8 grammes), detachable sensor that can be attached to the butt cap of the company’s rackets. It functions in a manner that is comparable to that of the Sony Smart Tennis Sensor. However, in the case of rackets that are not compatible with one another, the same device can be strung onto the stringbed in order to serve as a vibration dampener.
At the conclusion of your workout, you will need to sync the data from the 6-axis sensors, 3D accelerometer, and 3D high-speed gyroscope with the accompanying smartphone app by using the Bluetooth connection. These measurements were recorded by the sensors. A memory chip within the gadget has the capacity to store 250 hours of gameplay, and the device itself has a battery life of a respectable 8 hours.
When it comes to analytics, we should anticipate seeing more of the same results. The Babolat app will provide you with a detailed analysis of your shots, including racket speed, spin, rate, best rally, ball serve speed, and ball impact position, among other metrics. Since there is no mention of video functionality or a breakdown shot-by-shot, it is possible that Babolat is holding off on implementing those features until the 2018 version.
It would appear that the French company is considering shifting its focus from the development of technology to the production of rackets. The launch of the brand-new Babolat Play is scheduled for the month of August, coinciding with the beginning of the US Open. There is, as of yet, no information regarding the prices.