The NeuroTennis wristband coaches you while you play
An interesting new smart tennis wristband has just launched. One of its designers is Matts Wilander, former world number 1 and eight times Grand Slam singles champion.
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What makes this wearable so different from other smart tennis gadgets on the market is that it coaches you while you play. Typical gear just spits out statistics on speed, spin, strokes without much actionable information. NeuroTennis, on the other hand, provides coaching instructions that are synchronised with the rhythm of your play as you play.
In essence the wristband acts like a coach whose aim is to improve the consistency of your good habits and get rid of bad ones. NeuroTennis doesn’t know exactly what you are doing, but it tells you what you should be doing.
The thing works on its own, or in a pair with one worn by your opponent. The sensors inside the wristband react in real time when you or your opponent (if you have two) strike the ball. The wearable has speakers inside so it yells out instructions. For example, you might be told to loosen your grip, rise through the shot, stay low while moving, keep your head still and much more.
If you are using it in pairs (which certainly sounds more useful), the command is given at the moment the opponents ball is struck. This provides you with more than enough time to fix anything incorrect. You can tweak the lesson to give as many or as few commands as you would like. You may also add commands with your own voice.
The instructions can also be customised depending on what aspect of your game you wish to work on. To this end there are multiple categories including: Footwork, Groundstroke Technique, Motivation, Overheads, Racket Preparation, Return, Serve, Shot Selection, Tactics and Volleys.
NeuroTennis can be used on its own or with the accompanying smartphone app. The company suggests you choose the later as this will allow you to customise lessons and drills from a large library of coaches including Mats Wilander himself. Then, transfer them to your wristband and take them onto the court.
The app lets you add in your own instructions, drills and videos to share with friends. If you’re a coach this could be useful for teaching your students.
NeuroTennis can be picked up at neurotennis.com. Those who preregister get the first opportunity. If you’ve already provided them with your email you should receive an offer within the next couple of weeks. No word on pricing just yet.
You can check out Matts Vilander TSN interview on NeuroTennis below. The 5 minute clip provides a nice summary on how the wearable works. Game, set & Matts!
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