When it comes to any sport, more information is better, and this is especially true of basketball. Knowing how your feet hit the ground, how your reaction times stack up, how fast your dribble is… all of these things are important to know if you’re going to improve them. But it’s hard, without expensive equipment, to know just how well you’re doing on the court. The EVO ONE is looking to change that.
EVO ONE specifically wants to improve your shooting hoops. The device is loaded with sensors, but most importantly it has a gyroscope. It not only measures your distance and other data, but also tells you exactly what your backspin is like.
How? In a surprisingly simple way: When you make the shot, if you do it right, you hear a tone. If you don’t, you don’t. It’s a pretty simple idea but it gives a player immediately, audible feedback that allows them to train without having to stop and ask how they were doing. If they’re not doing well, they know and can adjust their technique accordingly.
And, when that’s done, you can just take the EVO ONE out and use the ball that it comes with as a regular basketball. It’s been engineered to be regulation weight and size, so you’ll be able to play the game the way you normally do. It even uses micro-fiber composite leather to give it the right feel; you’ll be able to play some hoops casually or seriously, and never know the difference.
Basketball is one of those sports where playing it seems easy, but playing it well can take years of practice. That EVO ONE is helping to get more out of your practice is pretty cool, and even better, the price is right: The Kickstarter still has balls available for between $49 and $69.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.