PIQ sensor wants to track your gnarly kiteboarding jumps

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French company PIQ has already been flexing its sports tracking muscles with tennis and skiing and now it's turning its attention to kiteboarding, the water sport that involves a mix of surfing, snowboarding and windsurfing.

Teaming up with North Kiteboarding, PIQ has built a sensor that's rugged, waterproof, shockproof and corrosion resistant. The setup is made up of a mount that can be fixed to any board, and housing to keep the sensor securely in place.

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Packing the same 13-axis motion tech as the tennis and skiing sensors, it can monitor a host of jump data including height of jumps, air time, G force at landing and number of jumps. There's also a display built into the sensor to see how well you performed on your last trick.

Viewing the majority of that data is done inside the companion app (Android and iOS), which is synced wirelessly over Bluetooth. It'll also pick out your best jumps, which can be shared with fellow boarders and let you challenge other users to try and top the international leaderboard.

The PIQ kiteboard sensor will be available for €208 at the end of June. There's also a €159 pre-order price that is available until 30 June. If you already own a PIQ sensor, you just need to pick up the kiteboard mounting and housing kit, which is available from the PIQ website for €59.

PIQ sensor wants to track your gnarly kiteboarding jumps

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Michael Sawh has been covering the wearable tech industry since the very first Fitbit landed back in 2011. Previously the resident wearable tech expert at Trusted Reviews, he also marshaled the features section of T3.com.

He also regularly contributed to T3 magazine when they needed someone to talk about fitness trackers, running watches, headphones, tablets, and phones.

Michael writes for GQ, Wired, Coach Mag, Metro, MSN, BBC Focus, Stuff, TechRadar and has made several appearances on the BBC Travel Show to talk all things tech. 

Michael is a lover of all things sports and fitness-tech related, clocking up over 15 marathons and has put in serious hours in the pool all in the name of testing every fitness wearable going. Expect to see him with a minimum of two wearables at any given time.

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