In function, Hoop Tracker performs like many other such devices that track your shots out on the court. It keeps tabs on your shooting percentages, accuracy and location relative to the hoop (it’s main claim to fame, enabling you to track your field goals, three-pointers and free throws). As a smartwatch, it’s also meant to be worn for longer periods. In watch mode, it will display useful non-basketball information such as time of day and a stopwatch, as well as measure daily fitness metrics such as calories burned.
The training programs give you a specific regimen for improving your shots, and can be customized to suit your position games. The games are also a fun diversion, and include casual contests such as a 100-point challenge and a three-point shootout. In true wearable tradition, trophies and badges can be earned, too—it could certainly be motivational knowing you just hit a 1,000 point milestone.
Accolades aren’t limited to digital trinkets, though. A coach can access the stats of a roster up to 15 players deep at once from the sidelines. The software will rank players by position and shooting success rates, which can help trainers decide which positions to put their players in.
This analog option, although currently one of the better ones out there, lacks the appeal of higher-brow motion-sensing technology. It also doesn’t have much connectivity with a smartphone. Combined with the unsexiness of a design reminiscent of one of the original Casio G-Shock watches, it may be a tough sell in the stylish Nick Young’s league. However, for a serious player, Hoop Tracker may prove to be a viable training option.
Wireless Sports, the smartwatch’s creators, are currently attempting to crowdfund the device.