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The Internet of Things for sports is quickly taking shape

Patrick Thibodeau | Jan. 24, 2014
Jason Fass, the CEO of Zepp Labs, imagines a future for sports where sensors are everywhere: in balls, bats, footballs and in a player's clothing. It's hard not to get caught up in the vision.

The entire field of integrating sensor technology in sports is an emerging one, with new products gaining notice. At the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, one attention-getting arrival was a sensor-equipped $295 basketball by Infomotion Sports Technologies. The 94Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball provides data on shot arc, speed, dribble and other metrics.

Gartner estimates that the market for wearable electronic devices, along with apps and services for fitness and personal health, was worth about $1.6 billion worldwide last year. That's expected to rise to $5 billion by 2016.


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