PARIS May 25, 2012
Babolat, international specialized tennis brand, presents the prototype of the first interactive racquet, "Babolat Play & Connect," at the French Open. The "Babolat Play & Connect" is a major innovation with nearly infinite potential. Welcome to the tennis of the future!
Rafael Nadal Babolat Play & Connect," It’s a major innovation that will create a before and after reference point. ‘ is taking on the challenge of changing the way tennis lovers play and live the game of tennis. This is a connected and communicating racquet that will give players information they can use to improve performance or just have fun sharing with other passionate tennis players,"
"BABOLAT PLAY & CONNECT" is for all tennis players whether they are beginners, advanced or professional.
Players will be able to use "Babolat Play & Connect" to obtain concrete information about their game. Three major features of "Babolat Play & Connect" include:
"In 2004, Babolat developed the racquet specifically for the type of game I play. The racquet is a tremendous tool. Having this new technology to capture information from my matches will mean a new way of analyzing my game." Rafael Nadal
For its technological partner, Babolat has chosen Movea, leader in capturing and analyzing movements. The primary objective was to create a racquet identical to a standard model, with no change to the sensations during play. The racquet handle is equipped with sensors that record the flow of data. Once the training session or match is over, players can transfer and read the captured information on a computer, tablet or smartphone with a wireless connection or USB.
For Babolat, tennis courts around the world-in amateur clubs as well as at the French Open-offer the best laboratories for testing the products of tomorrow. Babolat proposes products that respond to the demands of tennis by observing players, understanding and anticipating their needs.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga (FRA)
Lyon, France the United States France Spain Italy Japan Rafael Nadal Kim Clijsters Li Na Andy Roddick USA
About Movea SmartMotion®
Movea is the leader in the capture and analysis of movement, software, firmware and IP for the sports and consumer electronics industries. Movea’s SmartMotion technology allows the "Babolat Play & Connect" to detect and measure a player’s movements.
Movea has developed unique solutions for detection and analysis of movement allowing rapid integration of data capture and movement into products, reducing the risks, costs and production lead-time for our clients and partners to create new interfaces based on movement, bringing added value for the end-user.