Sports performance giant StatSports is preparing to bring its insights to the everyday athlete, with a refreshed version of its Apex GPS tracker all set to land in July.
The company's tracker, which is currently used in professional circles by Premier League teams, international rugby setups and franchises across the NFL, MLB and NBA, offers performance data to players and staff through a tracking pod fitted inside a compression vest.
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The current GPS sensor gives coaches and players over 50 metrics in real time, while the system also includes the ability to work with a smartwatch - including Apex's proprietary watch system. This provides live data, such as max speed, average heart rate and total distance, to a wearer's wrist, with the Android Wear app soon to be joined by a watchOS version.
It's not yet clear exactly what features will make the cut from the professional Apex to the consumer device, though we imagine this will mimic plenty of the same functionality we've seen brought to amateur athletes by Catapult and its Playertek spin-off.
"It will be scaled back a bit — obviously we want to leverage off the features we have with the original Apex. For example, if your favourite player is wearing the Apex, you'll want to be comparing your stats, but we may not need to go as deep as we do with the professional teams," Mark Connor, StatSports' lead research officer told us.
Much like rival sports trackers we've seen hit the market over the past couple of years, the key to bringing data to the masses is by keeping things simple. It's a good sign that StatSports will be pivoting off the platform it's already built up in the realms of professional tracking, and hopefully it's able to strike the right balance between hardcore data and fun stats that keep you coming back and comparing with friends.
Stay tuned for more details on StatSports' upcoming Apex tracker, as we'll be looking to test out how the device performs in action closer to launch.
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