A new innovative technology from Sony, the Smart Tennis Sensor. This sensor seamlessly records swing speed, ball speed, ball impact, stroke type, and amount of spin. All of the recorded data is stored on your smartphone and sorted by shot type. Play reports are automatically created so that you can review and analyze your performance. Unlike it's competitors, the Sony Sensor records and displays shot data in real-time, in sync with video. Various playback features are available that give players instant feedback on their play.
Smart Tennis Sensor compatible racquet models:
Wilson 2015 Burn, Blade, Ultra, Pro Staff Models, and retrofit models with Wilson adapter buttcap (SO1)
Head Graphene XT Models (HD1)
Prince Textreme Models (SO1)
Yonex VCORE Tour F/Si, EZONE DR Models (SO1)
Other features include Share Your Play which allows the player to share your play result in a visual format via social media. Also Sequence Photo using Motionshot: The Smart Tennis Sensor App will integrate Sony’s free Motionshot app to create sequence photos to see a frame by frame image of a shot. Slow Motion Playback: Videos can be played back in 1/10 speed, allowing plays and coaches to view details such as footwork, position of contact, etc.
Continuous usage time With Bluetooth Approx. 90 minutes *Assuming 500 hits/swings in 60 minutes.
Without Bluetooth Approx. 180 minutes
Dimensions: Diameter: 31.3 mm, Height: 17.6 mm, Weight Approx. 8 grams
Comes with: Attachment unit, cradle, cradle cap, micro USB cable, removal tool, carrying bag.
Supported OS/devices for app Smartphone/tablet with a camera running Android 4.1 or later (some exception may exist) or iPhone/iPad (except iPhone 3GS) running iOS6.1 or later.
Sony Smart Tennis Sensor Data that can be displayed:
Number of shots: Counts the number of tennis shots/swings
Ball impact spot: Displays what part of the racket hits the ball.
Swing type(Determines the swing type)
Forehand: Topspin, Slice, Volley
Backhand: Topspin, Slice, Volley
Overhead: Smash, Serve
Swing speed Displays the racket head speed in km/h or mph.
Ball speed (Initial speed) Displays the ball speed in km/h or mph.
Ball spin Displays from -10 to +10 (21 levels).
Set Up Guide
1. Charge the sensor using the accompanying cradle. The indicator lamp is red when it is charging. When it turns off, the sensor is fully charged.
2. Remove the racket logo cap, affix the attachment ring onto the grip end of the racket, place the sensor onto the attachment ring as per the indicating arrow and turn until it clicks into its secure holding position.
3. Install the app on your smartphone and follow the instructions on the screen to connect the sensor.
4. Setup Open the app, register your Sony Entertainment Network(SEN) account and configure your user information. If you already have a SEN account, the settings can be configured smoothly.
I bought this sensor because I was switching from a Babolat Play racquet to a prince to get some more power. Sony says share with others but it's been on the market for about six months and that part of the software is not ready for the general public. I have experienced this with their camcorder products in the past but thought they would be on to speed on their software when they issue a product, but NO! The software is no where near as good as Babolat's. It does have some cool features like live mode to you phone or tablet which helps out especially while practicing serves. Also the video sync should be nice but I have not yet used it. The sensor itself does a good job of saving your shot information. When the software catches up to the hardware I will boost up it's rating.
4 StarsPretty cool
Jenna from IL wrote (February 12, 2016):
The Sony smart tennis sensor is a great new technology that allows me to record the speed of my swing, pace and impact of the ball, stroke type and quantity of spin. It connects to my smart phone and instantly delivers all the data right to it. ItG+笻s especially fun to see progress, for instance, the increase in my forehand power. The only issue IG+笻ve come across is that it sometimes thinks my overheads are serves. It adds a tiny bit of weight to my racquet but it is hardly noticeable and easy to adjust to. My coach utilizes this tool during all of our lessons. He likes to pick my most avoided shots and improve those weaknesses. The live mode video is a neat tool that allows you to dissect your form and shot placement as it relates to the data collected. I play with a Wilson racquet, so it's a snap to use (think it works with Head, Yonex, and Prince too). ItG+笻s pretty awesome that I can now compare my statistics with tennis players all over the world.