Published on January 10th, 2015 | by Greg

ShotTracker: The Hoop Is The Thing

Wearables are growingly important, and fitness trackers are certainly one of the biggest categories in gadgets, as witnessed by the just-ended CES 2015 show in Las Vegas. There are lots of options out there, and they cover most sports- from running and jogging and tennis and even things like yoga and swimming. But some activities require a bit more finesse, because what fun is a game when you’re not keeping track of the the score.

The ShotTracker is the first system that combines three components to help boost your basketball game- a sensor that gets attached to your basketball net, another wristband sensor, and an app that you download to your smartphone, either Android or iOS. It automatically tracks shot attempts, successes and misses, and works indoors or outdoors, with any ball. The wrist sensor knows when you took a shot, and the hoop attachment detects whether it went through the rim, and the app keeps track of the data.

You can probably immediately notice two downsides to the system- you will need to keep your smart device nearby while you play, and you’ll need to do some setup before you’re able to put the whole thing into practice. You can’t just run to the park or the YMCA and expect to be able to track your shots, unlike the smart basketball we’ve checked out in the past. There’s one additional small caveat, which is that the sensors weren’t perfect- they didn’t always detect a shot, and a few attempts didn’t register as ‘made’ even when they were (especially shots that didn’t touch the rim).

But if you want to play at home, and don’t mind wearing the lightweight wrist strap, then the ShotTracker is pretty amazing- it issues a great sound effect that encourages you on the court, and makes solo play more fun. With a three-month battery life for the net sensor, you won’t need to worry much about it, and installation is a snap (but we recommend some tests to make sure it’s placed ideally). The wrist sensor can run for about eight hours, plenty of time, and the included cradle can charge both at the same time. The mobile app is easy to use, with plenty of statistics, and even drills and workouts, and social aspects to help you boast about your record. One of ESPN’s holiday gift suggestions, the ShotTracker adds gamification elements to your basketball workout, allowing you to focus on shooting and improving your game over time. Available now, expect to spend around $150 for the ShotTracker.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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