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?