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What if a smartwatch could help you shoot (a little more) like Stephen Curry?

It's no replacement for a real coach, but Onyx Motion's Swish smartwatch app could be a fantastic on-court companion for anyone looking to level up their basketball skills
It's no replacement for a real coach, but Onyx Motion's Swish smartwatch app could be a fantastic on-court companion for anyone looking to level up their basketball skills
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Onyx Motion believes its Swish smartwatch app will be the best thing that could happen to your basketball shots
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Onyx Motion believes its Swish smartwatch app will be the best thing that could happen to your basketball shots
Swish tracks several metrics that are relevant to shooting a basketball...
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Swish tracks several metrics that are relevant to shooting a basketball...
...and it turns those data points into pithy comments that may improve your technique
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...and it turns those data points into pithy comments that may improve your technique
Coaches could use Swish to monitor each player in their team, while individuals can benefit from seeing how they compare to their peers
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Coaches could use Swish to monitor each player in their team, while individuals can benefit from seeing how they compare to their peers
Swish may help coaches get more data about their team
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Swish may help coaches get more data about their team
Swish's immediate feedback lets you rapidly adjust and correct your technique
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Swish's immediate feedback lets you rapidly adjust and correct your technique
It's no replacement for a real coach, but Onyx Motion's Swish smartwatch app could be a fantastic on-court companion for anyone looking to level up their basketball skills
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It's no replacement for a real coach, but Onyx Motion's Swish smartwatch app could be a fantastic on-court companion for anyone looking to level up their basketball skills

Few of us have access to a professional coach to help hone our basketball technique, but now, sports technology company Onyx Motion hopes you can at least get a decent proxy. Their upcoming smartwatch app, Swish, will analyze your shots and provide tips to improve them, along with a few words of wisdom here and there from veteran NBA shooting guard Ben Gordon as well as other pro players past and present.

Swish draws inferences about jump timing, release speed, shooting arc angles, and shot consistency from tracking the motion of your wrist. It crunches its data into suggestions that may improve your shooting, and it tunes the tone and style of these suggestions over time based on how your performance changes when you receive a tip.

Onyx Motion sees this as an important early step in applying real-time analytical data and artificial intelligence to kinesthetic learning (that's learning by doing) in sports and other activities such as physical therapy and playing a musical instrument.

...and it turns those data points into pithy comments that may improve your technique
...and it turns those data points into pithy comments that may improve your technique

It won't replace traditional coaches, but apps like Swish – if they're accurate enough to be useful – could prove a great boon for people looking for immediate feedback coupled with either concrete data or just a little direction to improve their game.

Onyx Motion is attempting to crowdfund the Android Wear and Apple Watch launches of Swish on Indiegogo. Their goal is to raise CAD10,000 (US$7,865), with pledge options include Swish app plus watch packages as well as a CAD2,000 (US$1,573) one-on-one coaching session with Ben Gordon. A mere CAD5 (US$3.93) will get you early beta access to the app. If everything goes to plan, they hope to have Swish out later this year.

You can watch the Swish Indiegogo pitch video below.

Sources: Onyx Motion, Indiegogo

2 comments
Robert Walther
Why would I want to be like a spicy Hindu seasoning?
mdr
I hope they successfully develop and refine their basketball app. It would then be easier to adapt or modify the app. for learning or honing other skill like Driving, Shooting, Martial arts, Skiing, Skate Boarding, Biking, Surfing, Dance, etc.
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