TuringSense raises $3M for tennis-tracking wearables, eyes physical therapy

By Jonah Comstock
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play_with_pivotCampbell, California-based TuringSense has raised $3 million in seed funding. The company is currently developing a wearable sensor for tennis players, but has plans to expand int other sports and eventually into the healthcare market.

Five investors contributed to the round: Angel Plus, ChinaRock Capital, Ideosource, SV Tech Ventures and Zen Water Capital, in addition to some angel investors. The company will use the funds to expand marketing and research and development in advance of the launch of Pivot, its first planned product.

“Being able to attract such prestigious investors is recognition of the large market potential of our cutting-edge wearable technology with its innovative multi-sensor, high-speed full-body motion analysis,” Limin He, co-founder and CEO of TuringSense, said in a statement. “This funding gives us the financial strength to advance our goals of revolutionizing the way sports are played, practiced, and coached by transforming training methods that enable athletes to optimize technique and prevent injuries.”

The Pivot system consists of a number of wearable sensors and an app. Fifteen sensors are required to track the full range of movement, but a player can where fewer if they want to focus on improving just their footwork or another particular aspect of their game. The sensors track body movement without requiring a camera, and sends the data to a cloud-based server. From there, users can view and review the data with coaches, doctors, or trainers.

The company's future pipeline includes other sports and moves out from there, including into the healthcare realm. The company's FAQ says TuringSense has designs on "golf, swimming and other applications in sports, physical therapy, rehabilitation, posture correction, compliance and virtual reality/gaming."

“We see TuringSense’s innovative solution having great potential in the Internet of Things (IoT), remote coaching, healthcare, and industrial services. Especially here in Asia where the sport and health markets are large and growing,” Andi Boediman, managing partner of Ideosource, said in a statement. “Also, TuringSense’s great initial entrance with its tennis application illuminates the company’s overall vision of expanding to other sports and VR/AR gaming. TuringSense has the capability to tap into the Asian game development community, which has been a substantial driver in supporting gaming companies around the world.”

According to its website, the company plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign for Pivot this month.