Screen Shot 2016 10 06 at 19. Zepp is one the world’s leaders in 3D soccer for kids video tutorials and interactive training tools to take your golf, tennis, softball and baseball to the next level.
Slowly but surely, the San Jose based startup seems to be taking on just about every sport. Its latest tracker is a biggie. Sports wearables are a growing field and connected gadgets for golf, cycling and tennis are a dime a dozen these days. Fifa is, to this end, looking to establish a global wearables standard.
The idea is to have all professional teams using the same data-tracking technologies for training purposes. Eventually, some of this technology could make its way into live matches to help doctors and coaches. It could also open a whole host of possibilities for broadcasting, allowing fans to view in-depth player statistics. While professional soccer players have no shortage of devices to up their training, the same cannot be said for amateurs. Its only recently that this technology is becoming available at that level. After all, the quickest way for players in any sport to improve is by quantifying their performance and building on what is right or wrong.
Zepp Play Soccer is one of only a handful of devices designed for amateur soccer players. The tracker uses a 3-axis accelerometer and a 3-axis gyroscope to dish out a host of stats meant to help you improve your all-round game. Weighing only 7 grams, it slips into the pocket at the back of the calf sleeve so can easily be worn inside a pair of footie socks, with or without a shinguard. But once in, it felt very secure and was in no danger of falling out during actual play. The smartphone app has built-in functionality to track stats from both legs. In order to do this, however, you would need to buy an additional sensor.
Power is derived from a lithium ion rechargeable battery which is good for 40 hours of tracking per charge or 40 days in stand-by mode. The first time you use Zepp Play Soccer its best to make sure its fully charged. The proprietary charger that comes with it plugs into any USB type power-source, and has a red ring alongside the bottom that turns green when fully topped up. Features and software Don’t look for a thick instruction manual because you won’t fine one.
Instead, inside the package you will find a small booklet with four pictures to get you started. And that’s really all you need as the installation process is very simple. Download the free app, then follow the prompts to add and check your sensor. At some point, the app asks you to pair the device with your smartphone by scanning the QR code that is on the back of the little wearable. You also need to answer a few questions such as your dominant leg, height, weight, age etc.
It was all quick and easy and the installation process took me about 10 minutes, including the firmware update. You can also install the app on multiple devices and as long as you log in with the same profile, the app picks up your play history. You need to make sure you are connected to the internet to start the process, as it will ask you to log in with your Zepp profile. After you are done, head over to the app to save the session. The app gives you a choice between tracking a game or a practice session. As far as I can tell, the main difference is that tracking a game allows you to signal a half time, and also asks you to enter the score afterwards.