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There are plenty of things you can do with a smart device strapped to your wrist that happens to be full of motion and orientation sensors. For instance, you can get quick tips on your golf game with VimoGolf. Just fire it up on the watch, and take a swing.

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VimoGolf on Android Wear is only used to collect data. The screen tells you when to line up for the swing, when it is ready to acquire data, and when the swing has been successfully logged. The metrics are passed over to the phone app, where a cool 3D reconstruction of your swing is generated. You can learn things like swing speed, impact angle, and swing plane, with more data points coming in a future update.

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Because the watch is on your wrist, it can't tell you about anything you might be doing wrong with your hands. Still, that's a lot of data for a watch. Note, the app will only relay data to the phone when it detects that you've successfully hit the ball (although a solid smack on the wrist at the right time can trick it). Artem caused permanent damage to his garage testing this app, so you should thank him for his dedication/poor planning. There may also be a battery drain issue on the Wear side, but the developer says there are going to be a few bugs to squash—just be aware.

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Ryan Whitwam
Ryan is a tech/science writer, skeptic, lover of all things electronic, and Android fan. In his spare time he reads golden-age sci-fi and sleeps, but rarely at the same time. His wife tolerates him as few would.

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  • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

    Garage-testing golf swings is not a good idea (TIL). But for science (cause ain't nobody got time for going to the golf course in the middle of the work day)!

  • Marcell Lévai

    Despite the bugs, this is very impressive!

  • Steve Williamson

    very good ideal use of a wearable. apart from heart rate monitoring its probably the best use simply because it can't be done on a smartphone (without taping your phone to the club)!

  • John Malin

    This is insanely cool, and probably what google meant when they said they want people to think outside of the box with these wearables. I think this is the most unique thing someone has done with the wearables yet.

  • RMBRKFLD

    Annnnd.. it's turned into a Wiimote.

    • Kevin

      That's actually pretty cool. Use Android Wear paired with Android TV and play Wii styled games.

  • Ian

    Does it actually tell you anything useful though? I can't see how this would improve your swing at all.

    • rossguy

      Swing Plane and Tempo are extremely important. You can see on the swing path if you are swinging outside in or inside out as well. This is important to shape the ball and correct a slice or a hook. This is a pretty great function for the wear. I didn't want one at all, but this makes me want one.

    • zolttt

      your swing plane is the most useful thing there is really, especially if you can see your hand position at impact which is just as useful

  • Bud Lutz

    Well, I officially want a Wear device now....but only for this reason so far lol

  • https://twitter.com/Caneschii Guilherme Caneschi

    That's... AWESOME. Just awesome