Test: Babolat & PIQ, a tennis bracelet connected too superficial

If runners, swimmers and bikers have at their disposal an impressive amount of connected bracelets, tennis players must be content with a few products. Some inroads have been tried with Sony Smart Sensor or with the Babolat Pure Drive PLAY, the first racket connected. This time, the manufacturer is partnering with PIQ, another French company, specializing in multi sensors. This alliance was born the device is to take the pulse of our game.

At first sight, the sensor takes the form of a simple rectangular enclosure. It is then placed in a Velcro strap, we roll up our left or right wrist. The device and its accessories are delivered in a box (a little too) imposing. After unpacking everything, simply turn the unit load, thanks to a proprietary system. The good idea is to give this form of charging a USB key, which can itself recharge the sensor two to three times. With a range between 6 and 8 hours, endurance is the rendezvous.

The opinion of eLaptopComputer.com; PIQ Babolat Tennis Multisports

Everything works with POP Babolat application that installs and configures easily. But the handling is not done without a hitch. To activate the function tennis, you have to “tap” the sensor with a card included in the box. A rather odd system, and impractical. During our test, it did not work the first time. According to some reviews of Amazon customers, we are not alone in having encountered the problem. Once configured, the bracelet and the sensor is easily attached around the wrist. We could test for five drives an hour and free play. At no time did the accessory represented the slightest embarrassment, even in 35 degrees in the sun. However, the screen is covered with a mesh fabric, which does not help the readability of the LED screen. If it is possible to check the speed of a shot in the field, the reflex is difficult to take training. He will better match. The sensor is especially designed to be forgotten and to transmit its data after the session. We advise removing it immediately after exercise because the material tends to keep moisture. Even after an hour of rest, we met with tempered wrist.

After playing, the application offers us to indicate whether it is a workout, free play or match. It will also specify the location, area and his state of fitness. Everything will be placed in the Activity tab, which takes the form of a calendar. playing time and the number of strokes are automatically calculated. These are divided between forehand, backhand, service, smashes and volleys. The accelerometer is based solely on the arm movement and thus account hits to white, for example when the muscle warm;. The breakdown seemed relevant to workouts and playing time, as ball speed and the number of exchanges. The effects analysis is less accurate. After a session in which we conducted 208 forehands, 131 were listed as flat, 71 to lift and slice 6. These figures do not really stick with our game style practiced very little topspin and slicé.

Very discreet on court

These parameters are aggregate to create the PIQ score, based on three criteria: speed (Speed), effect (Spin) and fluidity of movement (Style). On training five days, the figure is representative of the actual performance, although the Spin often seems undervalued. To give a playful effect, the app makes us start at the “Newbie” to go up in rank as and drives and the number of shots made. A nice feature, but that does not really enhance the experience. Like many accessories connected to the sport, it is possible to access the user community of the bracelet or snowshoeing connected to Babolat. We can then sort by gender, age, location, and follow the profiles of interest. Unfortunately, it is impossible to have access to a possible classification FFT, much less contact. So do not expect to find a partner through the application.

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Still limited community

Technical card PIQ Babolat Tennis Multisports

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