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How do you step up your game if you don’t have anyone to tell you where you’re going wrong? The inventors of the 94 Fifty Smart Sensor Basketball say it’s the solution for people who want to improve their ball handling and shooting but lack the watchful eye of a coach. Sensors inside the regulation-size ball detect the forces applied to the ball when a player shoots or dribbles and then relays them, via Bluetooth, to its companion app for the iPhone and iPad. The app causes the phone to bark out instructions for 50 drills with difficulty levels from playground to pro.
Willie Jones is an associate editor at IEEE Spectrum. In addition to editing and planning daily coverage, he manages several of Spectrum's newsletters and contributes regularly to the monthly Big Picture section that appears in the print edition.