The FWD Powershot Measures Your Hockey Skills

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Sports are all about performance, and performance is best measured through data. After all, if you don’t know how you’re doing and where you’re not at your best, how will you improve? For hockey players, that’s where the FWD Powershot comes in.

Not An Energy Drink

We know, it really does sound like an energy drink. But it’s not, or at least it isn’t yet; there’s always licensing. Andway, instead it’s a discreet sensor that you can fit into the top of your hockey stick. Just pop off the knob, slot in the sensor, and put its custom knob over it, so you can play as you would normally. It collects data on your shots, including speed, power, angle, and how fast the puck’s flying off the blade.

App Trick

Needless to say, this being a device with a sensor, it syncs with your smartphone via Bluetooth to upload data, and it’ll work for either Android or iOS. From there, you use the custom app to see how you’re doing with each shot; what’s working, what’s not working, how your performance goes down when your “friend” in the intramural league body-checks you into the boards. This being a sports app, it’ll track your performance over time and tell you where you need to improve and where you might need to focus on to keep your numbers up. And, of course, being a sports app, it allows you to share your data online with other players, so you can compete with each other and either improve or seethe with jealousy.

Getting On The Stick

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The Powershot has a drawback or two. It’ll only work with newer composite hockey sticks that have a hollow body, for example. But if you want to know how you can improve your hockey game, this looks to be the best solution.

Dan Seitz

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.

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