Babolat Play Android app

Meet the Babolat Play Pure Drive – an Android-connected tennis racquet

In the year of wearable technology, there has unsurprisingly been a vast array of health and fitness products on display at the 2014 International CES. One of the most intriguing examples of this trend is the Babolat Play Pure Drive – the world’s first connected tennis racquet.

Sensors in the racquet handle allow for a range of data to be collected, including the amount of power, type of shots and ball impact position on the racquet head.

The data collected can then be reviewed and analysed in the Babolat Play Android app. There is also an app available for iOS, as well as software for both Windows and OS X.

At a price of $399, the Babolat Play Pure Drive is notably more expensive than Babolat’s more traditional equipment. The standard Babolat Pure Drive – as used by professional players Li Na and Julia Goerges – costs a more affordable $189.

European pricing has yet to be confirmed, although Android Wafer expects the Babolat Play Pure Drive to be priced at around €349 in mainland Europe and£289 in the UK.