PIQ has announced its first wearable golf device providing golfers with instant data. In partnership with leading golf app developer, Mobitee, the very lightweight PIQ golf device attaches to the golfer’s glove to display yardage to the green while transmitting swing metrics, shot tracking and specific club data onto the golfer’s smartphone.
The PIQ sensor is light and clips onto any golf glove providing instant yardage to the front, centre and back of the green. Yardages are shown on a vibrant LED display on the back of the golfer’s glove that is viewable even in extreme sunshine. Using Mobitee’s database of over 35,000 golf courses across the globe, golfers have accurate distances no matter what golf course is played. The app automatically detects the course and then displays hole-by-hole yardages based on the golfer’s GPS location.
Data is captured from every club that the golfer uses during the round through the use of near-field communication (NFC) sensor tags that are inserted onto the end of each grip. There are 15 NFC sensor tags labelled for each club in a set and an additional three customisable sensor tags are also included for a total of 18. With a quick tap of the sensor tag to the PIQ golf device on the player’s glove before every shot, the shot-tracking and distance data is then recorded onto the Mobitee app. That real-time data is instantly viewable on a smartphone or can be analysed afterwards.
The PIQ golf device will track all shots and record yardages to give golfers the ability to analyse their distances with each club providing helpful averages over time for future club selection. PIQ also highlights the golfer’s best moments of the round including longest drive, best swing, top score and other highlights that can be shared via social media and text messaging.
In addition to a rangefinder, scorekeeper and shot-tracker, PIQ captures important data from the player’s swing including swing tempo, clubhead speed, and the swing path. That information is then displayed in a 3-D swing analysis on the smartphone.
By integrating the latest sensor technologies along with NFC tags, Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) and cutting-edge micro-processing technology, PIQ incorporates 13 axis points and accurately measures performance metrics such as velocity, height, airtime, G-force, amplitude, trajectory and others.
Cedric Mangaud, PIQ co-founder and CEO stated, “We realised it was time to inject new innovation into the game of golf, and the PIQ golf device makes the game more enjoyable and offers new ways of improvement. With a partner like Mobitee, the leader in golf apps and software, we were able to develop the very best wearable sensor technology, connectivity and software that dramatically improves the golfer’s experience during and after his round, ultimately making the game more fun.” More at: www.piq.com/videogolf