PIQ, a French sports wearables start-up, is looking to bring genuine Artificial Intelligence to sports activities.
The new technology – called GAYA – is the result of 2 years of research and €13 million in investments. Developed by PIQ’s 50 engineers, it is capable of breaking down and analyzing sports movements via specific motion-capture algorithms. The company says, GAYA is the first technology which truly understands sports movements.
The intelligent system has now been embedded into PIQ’s ultra-high performance sensor PIQ ROBOT, a nano-computer that has the capacity to analyze more than 195,000 data points per minute, all in real-time. The combination of the two allows users of PIQ products to identify what the company calls ‘Winning Factors’. The phrase has been trademarked by PIQ and it refers to athletes’ key strengths for specific sports.
“With GAIA and the ‘Winning Factors’, sports wearables enter a new paradigm,” said Cédric Mangaud, PIQ CEO and co-founder.
“Our technology enables athletes, not only to measure their performance, but also to benefit from personalized advice and get closer to victory. Our goal is now to integrate this technology in sport devices to offer athletes a fully integrated experience”.
All existing clients of PIQ will be happy to know they can benefit from this innovative new technology through a free upgrade of the current software. PIQ produces a number of smart gadgets including the Babolat and PIQ Tennis Sensor, Mobiee and PIQ wearable Golf Tracker, PIQ Kiteboarding Sensor and Rossignol and PIQ Ski Sensor.
For tennis, the wristband-mounted sensor tracks speed, spin, stroke type, each individual shot and your progress. For golf, it acts as a range finder, a swing analyzer, and a shot-tracking system. For skiing, PIQ tells you everything you need to know about your runs, ski jumps and turns. And finally for Kiteboarding, the sensor records your rides and measures your jumps in real time, right on your board while you’re still in the water.
The days when fitness trackers and sports gadgets simply record you movements and dish out stats are slowly becoming a thing of the past. In an ever-expanding market, wearables manufactures are starting to go beyond just displaying data, and providing much more meaningful analysis.
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