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Smash aims to be the best wearable suited for tennis players

By Bla1ze on 28 May 2014 04:36 pm

When it comes to fitness trackers, there's plenty of them out there but it's a growing market and while all-in-one solutions are always great, sometimes it's better to have a more specialized option. The folks behind Smash seem to know that and are hoping their idea of creating the best wearable suited for tennis players takes off on Kickstarter. Coming in the form of a wristband, Smash was designed to offer up easy access to technique analysis and personalised recommendations in addition to providing insights and tips to keep your tennis game on the right track.

The list of features for Smash is pretty long as well and Smash founder Rob Crowder has made it clear that Smash will also be developer friendly, allowing for other apps and such to tap into the information that Smash can provide and over time, the goal is to provide Smash products to other sports as well.

Smash Measures

  • Number and type of shots.
  • Racket head speed.
  • Racket head momentum.
  • Amount of spin.
  • Wrist rotation.
  • Stroke trajectory.
  • Impact point consistency.
  • Technique consistency.

Product Features

  • 6-8 hours of playing time.
  • 3 sizes available S, M, L.
  • Flexible and breathable wristband.
  • LED for status and notifications.
  • Width 27mm, Thickness 6.5mm (At tallest point).
  • Weighs less than 15g.

Sounds interesting right? So, what does Smash need from you? $200,000 AUD is their goal to making it all happen over the next 43 days of which, they currently have $22,009 AUD covered. The buy in cost right now to get a Smash wristband of your own in $129 AUD, that's a little off of what the suggested retail price will be as it's expected to sell for $199 AUD.

If you want in that, there's currently 873 of 1000 slots available. Anyone going all in? If you're looking for more details on Smash, you can head on over to the Kickstarter pages to learn more about the device, the process, the creators and what all you'll get if Smash gets funded.

Source: Kickstarter Via: Techcrunch

Related: Kickstarter News

Reader comments

Smash aims to be the best wearable suited for tennis players


The issue I have with these is that the hardware is generally identical to other fitness bands. The only difference is in the software interpreting the data from a tennis perspective. The only thing stopping others from adding this functionality is laziness. I do not want a fitness tracker for every individual sport. I want the existing ones to expand.

I'm with Teso. I look forward to seeing how much positive response this gets, seeing as it's so specialized. I would have thought a better route to go would be to program it for "racquet sports" in general, with the user able to tell the band whether they were playing tennis, squash, badminton, etc. I'd even include Jai Alai...I mean, why not? Then at least they'd be hitting a much broader audience.

All that said, if a fitness band is really meant to increase fitness, they should be worn on both wrists, and weigh at least a couple pounds each. Just a thought.

This looks to be an excellent product. It opens up possibilities for similar products in other sports if it hits it off. For example in football it could be used to measure stats of players more accurately than ever.

Football (soccer) and now tennis. It would be cool if there was a device that analyzed your swings or pitches for baseball.

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