Though technology is now finding its way into sports of all kinds, few have proved a hotbed of innovation like the game of golf. You could put it down to its immense global popularity, or perhaps its infuriatingly low margin for error, but man's inability to put the ball in the hole has inspired GPS-enabled virtual caddies, sensor-laden gloves and gyroscopic golf clubs. The InPutter is the latest of such devices to cross our desk, promising to lower your score by reshaping your short game.
Much like the Swingbyte2, the Golf Swing Recording Video Camera or countless other device's to emerge over the years, the InPutter gathers information about the user's swing for analysis and, in theory, improvement. Though as the name suggests, the InPutter is designed to help with your short game only.
Built into the putter is an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and force sensor. Using this array of sensors, the InPutter is claimed to monitor important aspects of your swing, such as clubface angle, amplitude, position of impact, backswing, downswing and follow through.
By way of a Wi-Fi module also integrated into the club, it sends this data to the cloud for processing. A user interface called InPutter Visualizer that is accessible on laptop, desktop, smartphone and tablet presents the user with feedback on their putting action. This is made up of gauges and figures outlining key metrics, such as level of force, amplitude and the angle they are striking the ball.
InPutter runs on a lithium-polymer battery that is charged via USB and is said to last for four hours with each charge. Ingeniarius, the company behind the InPutter, is looking to raise funds on Indiegogo for commercial production. Pledges begin at US$1,599, with shipping slated for May 2015 if all goes to plan.
You can check out the team's pitch video below.