On the Manhattan Plaza Racquet Membership final week, PIQ and Babolat held an unique occasion to unveil a brand new product – a wrist sensor that tracks every little thing a few tennis participant’s recreation. The accent, named POP, was created with one aim in thoughts: to get individuals to have extra enjoyable whereas enjoying tennis, resulting in individuals enjoying extra typically and enhancing their expertise whereas doing so.
Priced at $89.ninety nine, POP will give customers entry to info resembling their serve speeds, the angle they strike the ball with, and even how somebody ought to reposition their type. The totally different sensors calculate the participant’s peak rating with the intention of displaying what the individual is greatest at in a constructive and interesting approach. The accompanying app to POP permits individuals to interact in competitors amongst different customers. PIQ CEO Cedric Mangaud emphasised that the product isn’t meant to be a coach, however extra as a device for growing the enjoyment individuals get out of enjoying tennis.
“There are merchandise on the market which are targeted on efficiency however the spirit behind PIQ is extra of constructive. What we consider is that folks have much less and fewer time of their lives in order that they need to maximize their time in all points of life. So once they play sports they need to seize the essence of what they’ve completed nicely and be environment friendly.”
Customers can immerse themselves as deeply as they need into the knowledge that POP compiles, however Mangaud believes that the floor knowledge ought to goal to encourage the participant. Babolat Related Gamers Expertise Venture Director Jean-Marc Zimmerman has the identical mindset, ensuing within the harmonious partnership that was shaped lower than a yr in the past.
“We discovered PIQ and instantly discovered a standard floor and we received the product out. The general improvement course of took us about 9 months, which was a technical problem. We introduced our tennis experience and in addition the experience we acquired from creating our related racket, and PIQ introduced all of the technological experience they’ve on learn how to develop a cool app and methods to manufacture a sensor.”
Mangaud’s background in software program and providers mixed together with his entrepreneurial tendencies led him to start out PIQ two years in the past. He had already bought his earlier firm to HTC, the place he stayed on as head of providers and began to get a style of hardware improvement. POP is the amalgamation of all of Mangaud’s previous work experiences and required a particularly excessive quantity of technological competence.
“The ultimate product has thirteen entry sensors. We then added two accelerometers to find out your peak moments. We even have a gyroscope, to see angles and every little thing. Different elements are used to find out issues like in the event you’re enjoying volley or from the again. And we have now an M4 processor that is ready to calculate every thing instantly. On prime of that we’ve a show that may be seen in any climate, a shockproof body that’ll shield the gadget, and a excessive degree of consolation.”
Zimmerman and Mangaud are each conscious that the introduction of wearable devices in sports has simply begun and isn’t anyplace close to a tipping level. For that cause, the 2 are extra concerned about creating the absolute best sustainable product versus promoting as many models as attainable. As part of an organization that’s been ingrained into the game of tennis for over 100 years, Zimmerman understands that change doesn’t happen shortly within the sport. He sees POP as the subsequent step within the progress of related tennis following the discharge of their related racket 5 years in the past.
“For me, it’s about getting the expertise on the market and having individuals perceive with related tennis is. Tennis is so conservative, so its very troublesome for individuals to know that know-how may help tennis. Through the use of POP, you don’t have to vary your racket; you simply put it in your wrist. And when you like utilizing it, perhaps from there you find yourself making an attempt a related racket.”
POP is the second product PIQ has made with a prime firm in a sport, the opposite being a golf accent with Mobitee. Mangaud has ambitions to create comparable sensors in as many as 24 sports by following the identical technique of partnering with business leaders in several sports.
“There are often 2 or three huge manufacturers in every sport, so our considering was lets not play by ourselves however as an alternative with somebody who will convey us the experience of the game. How are you going to be an professional on each sport? We want to have a 3rd product by the top of the yr. The model we need to work with needs to maintain it secret however it’s a mass sport like tennis or golf. Subsequent yr we’ll begin engaged on area of interest sports like wakeboarding or browsing.”
Because the union of know-how and sport quickly continues to develop, wearable units are poised to make a loud entrance into society. Mangaud and Zimmerman are hoping that POP leads that cost from the frontline.