Shot statistics and analysis can reveal a treasure trove of useful information about a basketballer's game. But those plying their trade in lower leagues and pickup games aren't likely to have access to such data (overbearing parents notwithstanding). ShotTracker is a system that relies on wearable technology to track your shooting success, providing insights into your strengths and the areas in need of improvement.
ShotTracker is the latest in a series of technological solutions designed as training aids for basketballers. Over the last year or so we have looked at two sensor-laden basketballs, one from 94Fifty and more recently from sports equipment heavyweight Wilson, which offer feedback to ballers and their coaches. There is also the Hoop Tracker system that combines a wrist-worn sensor with a detector stuck on the rim to tally your successful shots. It is the latter that most closely aligns with ShotTracker.
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Three components make up the ShotTracker system. The first link in the chain is a sensor attached to the net. This weatherproof unit runs on a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery and remains in sleep mode until the user starts shooting.
A signal is sent to the net from a separate sensor worn by the user. This weighs 0.35 oz (9.9 g) and is designed to fit snugly under a purpose-made wrist band or sleeve. As the wearer fires off each shot, the wrist sensor alerts the net sensor to the incoming ball, which in turn is able to record shots made and shots missed.
This data is collected and analyzed by the companion smartphone app. In addition to archiving every shot attempt, shot success, shooting percentages and compiling a shot map, it offers training drills tailored to the user aimed at improving their weaknesses. It also gives basketball coaches the ability to assign workouts to their players and track their progress.
ShotTracker is available now through the website, with packages including a net sensor, a wrist sensor, a wrist band, sleeve and charging unit priced at US$150.
You can check out the promotional video below.