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Sensor-Filled Tech Helps Athletes Perfect Their Form

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When you think of fitness technology, you likely think of step-counting bands. But, some new fitness tech is designed to prepare you, specifically, to become the athlete you always wanted. NY1’s Adam Balkin filed this report.

Buying gifts and shedding extra pounds brought on by excessive holiday binging are the two top thoughts on most of our minds this time of year. So here a few new tech devices that may help address both concerns, assuming you can afford to get one for yourself and one for someone else.

First, the $200 GymWatch is a band you wear on your arm or leg. It connects wirelessly to a mobile device so that it can do pretty much what a personal trainer can - tell you which exercises to do, then let you know if you're doing them right.

"Inertia sensors track the range of motion of your body parts. It is able to measure you strength, your explosive strength, your starting strength," says Fabian Walke of GymWatch.

If you are training for a specific sport, there are some innovative new devices out there to help. First up, the $300 Adidas miCoach Smart Ball. It allows soccer players to perfect their kick thanks to a floating sensor inside.

"It will measure where your foot makes contact with the ball, the speed, the spin, the trajectory, and it works with a mobile app," says Meg Burich of Adidas

Or for basketball players, the $150 ShotTracker is a system for, as the name implies, tracking your shots. It uses two sensors. The main one, you clip to a band on your arm or stick it in a shooting sleeve.

"Within five shots we can actually identify what your shooting form, what your shooting form and profile look like, and that allows us to track your shot attempts. There is another sensor called the net sensor, which actually goes on the net. And that allows us to track whether or not you've made the shot," says Davyeon Ross of ShotTracker.


Right now, it is for you or a coach to help analyze your progress through an app. In version two of the software, being worked on now, the app itself will detect how you are doing on drills then, on its own, offer up advice on what you should do to improve.

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