PIQ beat me to it.
In February at the PGA Show I said it was time to write about how awesome it will be when a golf tech company looks beyond its niche and begins to combine multiple functions into one device. You know…kill two birds with one stone.
Sound interesting? We’re certain it’s exactly what the future of golf wearables looks like, which is why it’s worth your attention right now.
PIQ has already secured $5.5 million in funding, so we’re not talking about a pipedream. We’re talking about a product coming to market that may just convince you to take your stash of cash and go all-in on a pre-order for €269 ($299 USD).
Featuring a GPS and swing analyzer all-in-one that attaches to your glove and pairs with sensors plugged into the butt end of your grips, PIQ will display yardages for front, center and back of the green via an LCD display on the glove mounted GPS (provided through partnership with Mobitee), while simultaneously transmitting swing analysis data to your smart phone for immediate swing feedback…even in the middle of our round round.
Near Field Communication (NFC) sensors installed on the butt of your grips will track each shot during your round, though that will require a tap to your glove mounted GPS instead of automatically sensing swings)
All of this data will be piped to your smart phone via bluetooth allowing you to analyze your best swing, longest drive, distance for each club, and averages for clubs, best score “and other highlights” all setup to be shared via social media/text messaging.
Hey Bob, check out the triple bogey I just made on 12.
The swing analyzer promises to deliver data for swing tempo, club head speed. and swing path. While that probably won’t be enough to claim the title of MyGolfSpy’s Most Wanted Swing Analyzer, it’s considerably more than you get from any other GPS and round tracker currently available.
PIQ is thinking bigger than just golf. Their website suggests their sensor will analyze movements for football (not sure if that’s US or metric), snowboarding, tennis, fencing (you do cross train for fencing right?), boxing, skiing and more.
With all of these features making their way to a single device, it it will be interesting to see if a company like Garmin like will add full swing analysis to its watches (they’ve already added the ability to measure swing tempo), or will Zepp team up with GolfShot to provide GPS and swing analysis into one?
Technology companies are not alone in their pursuit of the perfect golf analysis system. Cobra Golf has patents filed for adding sensors under your grips (seriously, this sounds promising – imagine a swing analyzer and club/shot tracking device in one built directly into each grip), and TaylorMade just announced a partnership with Microsoft that will pair wearable tech with digital shot tracking and analysis.
Will the Apple Watch or Samsung Gear 2 allow these devices to take up even less space and power?
It’s hard to imagine that, moving forward, anyone offering wearable tech will be able to compete unless they can offer more feature-rich products. The larger question to be answered is which pieces will be combined, and will they be implemented in a way that actionable data will be easily accessible and interpretable?
In the meantime, PIQ is slated for release in September, and is available for pre-order now. We’ll definitely let you know our thoughts just as soon as we receive one of the first test units.
If you had to choose what pieces of wearable tech you’d like to see combined into one product, what would they be?