For ballers out there, InfoMotion’s 94Fifty Sensor Basketball will help them monitor and even enhance their basketball performance thanks to their unique ball that sports sensors and the accompanying app. The sensors inside the ball are programmed to recognize and measure stuff you can’t see with the human eye, measuring stuff useful to players that can later help them improve shooting and ball-handling skills like: shooting accurately and quickly; shooting with proper release and backspin; dribbling with force and confidence; and dribbling with speed.
Once downloaded, the app can be used by a single player working on their game, a rec player, parents helping their kids get better, coaches and more. The 94Fifty sensor basketball feels and weighs the same as any basketball. But embedded inside, the ball has an array of 6 sensors, a Bluetooth radio, and battery positioned in a holder engineered to minimize vibrations on the sensors and maximize ball performance. The entire ball is engineered to counterbalance the extra weight so you can’t feel it when you play. It uses Qi wireless charging and it comes with a small re-charging pad. Simply put the ball on the pad to add power. The battery can last up to 8 hours of normal use before you need to charge it again.
Players simply use the ball when they practice or to test for improvement, to compete with other players to see who has the best skills, or to focus on a specific weakness that is important. The range of the Bluetooth is up to 90 feet from the handheld, and the results are displayed instantly. You can see every dribble counted and get results after each shot. It’s fast – about 100 millisecond speed from action to visual display. And it measures any forces applied to the ball – spin, acceleration, you name it. It’s currently a Kickstarter campaign and you can get the ball and the app if you pledge $195 or more.
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