From the LA Times:
The so-called Internet of things, in which even the most mundane devices can communicate with a PC, tablet or smartphone, is the next trend.
By Chris O’Brien
January 4, 2014, 6:56 p.m.
To glimpse the future of consumer electronics, get a grip on the world’s first Internet-connected tennis racket.
With tiny sensors embedded in the handle, the racket measures a player’s strokes, topspin and just about everything else that happens when the ball is struck.
All that information is instantly relayed via a wireless Bluetooth connection to a smartphone app. The player can later view and analyze it on the Web.
“It’s going to be a huge change for the tennis player,” said Thomas Otton, director of communications for Babolat, the French tennis company that invented the original cow-gut racket strings 140 years ago. “They are going to have access to all kinds of information and data that will help them progress much faster and have more fun. It’s a true revolution.”
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