Turn your game on: Smart Tennis Sensor


The last few years more and more IT based technologies were introduced to different kinds of sport. For example, the goal-line technology in football or the hawk-eye system in tennis. Without an exception these technologies are introduced with hassle. There are always some opponents who do not want to change the sport. I would like to elaborate on the smart tennis sensor from Sony and start a debate about how far we should go with introducing new technologies into sports.

Although I read about it almost a year ago I stumbled on the introduction of the Sony Smart tennis sensor. By attaching the Smart Tennis Sensor to your racket, all your shot data are recorded and can be displayed in real-time on your smartphone via Bluetooth. Through the app screen, you can check the swing (shot) type) ball speed, swing speed, ball spin, ball impact sport and other data of every shot. For a short video watch:

The techniques is aimed at improving your game because you can use the information to adapt. Personally I am positive about the introduction of new technologies, especially for training purposes: to turn on your game. The next step would be to allow these techniques during official matches. I would argue that as long as they are introduced gradually, both players play under the same conditions (or have the option to do so) and the techniques have nothing to do with cheating, the techniques could improve the sport. Eventually, we have to face the fact that technologies will change or lives –and our sports- anyway.

Handling technologies will probably be a new way of competing next to physical skills and tactics in the future. So, my questions are: what do you think about new technologies in sports? And which technologies should be allowed, or not? How do you see the future in your favourite sport?

Source: http://www.smarttennissensor.sony.net/NA/

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One response to “Turn your game on: Smart Tennis Sensor”

  1. 335527rv says :

    I am completely pro-technology in sports. For me, being a great soccer-fan, I see a lot of errors in the decision making of referees as of late. With goal-line technology, which works with high-speed camera’s to track a ball’s position at any time making it possible to see if a ball actually crossed the goal line, I believe much improvements on decision making can be achieved.

    Criticism from clubs and players is highly increasing where critical mistakes by referees, more than once, are deciding the faith of a match. I believe we can all remember a time where ‘our’ team was wronged by a referee possibly making them lose a game. In the end, this can have serious consequences when it causes a team to narrowly win or lose for example the championship. Also, consistency on penalties given for the same faults by different referees seem to have dissapeared thus making payers feel like they are treated unfairly. In comparison, where one of the referees pulled 63 cards in it’s last 10 matches another had a total of just 23. This phenomenon is causing for even more problems both on and off the field where things have gotten out of hand more than once. By introducing this assisting technology, mistakes can either be prevented or straightened out right than and there solving some of the problems mentioned above. Of course, this technology solely helps by awarding (or not awarding) goals but, I believe, is a step in the right direction. To point out a succesful implementation, look at hockey. I’ve watched the Worldcup this year with great pleasure and I saw how well the “video referee” worked during the game. When one of the teams disagrees with a decision made by the referee they can call in the “video referee”. This referee will examine the video footage to see who is right. When the team is right, the decision will be overruled. When the referee on field is right, the team cannot make use of the “video referee” anymore and the previous decision will take place. I think this is a great example of how technology can help in sport.

    All in all, referees are people like all of us and people will make mistakes. Still, I feel like lately, particularly in soccer, referees having trouble aligning their decisions with each other and assessing the atmosphere of a certain match. According to former top-referee Mario van de Ende the younger generation is too eager to prove their right where they might be overshooting their target. For me, this shows that technology is needed to once again make the sport more honest and thus better. In the future, I believe technology for all aspects of soccer might even be an idea worth considering.

    Sources:

    Dijkstra, W. (2013) “Scheidsrechters zijn volgzame figuren die het voetbal niet snappen” AD.nl. URL visited on: September 28, 2014.
    (http://www.ad.nl/ad/nl/5610/Eredivisie/article/detail/3556138/2013/12/04/Scheidsrechters-zijn-volgzame-figuren-die-het-voetbal-niet-snappen.dhtml)

    PCM (2014) “Hoe werkt de doellijntechnologie?” PCMweb.nl. URL visited on: September 28, 2014.
    (http://www.pcmweb.nl/nieuws/wk-2014-hoe-werkt-de-doellijntechnologie.html)

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