A tennis bracelet that's more than just jewelry
Grand Slam champion Andy Ram is behind a new wearable device that keeps track of your score and more.
Call it a FitBit just for tennis fanatics: A tennis bracelet that keeps score and finds same-level players nearby has hit its Indiegogo crowdsourcing goal and is set to ship by December – and Grand Slam champion Israeli Andy Ram is the company’s CEO. The wearable device is called Pulse Play and is designed to give amateur racket players a professional experience.
A smartwatch and social media network in one, Pulse Play keeps real-time score for tennis, badminton, squash and ping pong – just tap the device when you score a point, and the watch does the rest. It also provides periodic audio updates in 50 different famous voices (ever wanted your game announced by Elvis?).
It also records match history and statistics, which you can view using the Pulse Play app for iOS or Android, lets you know of other players nearby, and ranks your play among that of other players in your club, city and around the world.
While there are many apps designed to help tennis players improve their game, there are none that keep track of scoring and match you with other players on your level. “We offer scorekeeping and community together in one app. It doesn’t exist on the market,” Ram told Geektime. Pulse Play hopes to become a fixture on tennis courts and ping pong tables around the world.
The company has also partnered with the Israel Tennis Centers foundation, which works to enhance the development of local youth through sports. ITC students and staff will get to test first-generation prototypes and participate in on-court demonstrations.
The wristband comes in eight colors and charges using a USB cord. To work, both players must have a watch, and the information syncs to the cloud. The Pulse Play watch is now available for pre-order.
“Since retiring, I’ve realized that I can help technology breathe new life into sports," Ram said. "I believe that Pulse Play will not only give amateurs what their games have been missing all along; I also think Pulse Play will give youths a new reason to play and love racket sports."
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