Swingbyte 2’s remain on track to start shipping initial pre-orders within a week. We’ll ship pre-orders on a first-come first-served basis starting with those placed at the PGA Show. It’s likely all pre-orders placed to date will be on their way by mid-May. Tracking numbers will be sent via e-mail once your order has been shipped.
As always, please contact us anytime at email@example.com with questions and feedback.
Have a great weekend!
Alex, Brian, and Nathan
We’re thrilled to share that Swingbyte 2 and the new app are just around the corner! Here’s what you can expect:
The awesomely redesigned iPad app has been submitted to the App Store. Apple typically turns these around within a week or two, depending on a variety of factors.
This will show up as an app update for all iOS users, but only the iPad will get the new UI in this update. The iPhone will receive stability enhancements and various fixes, but will maintain the current UI. We are hard at work developing the new UI for all platforms (phone + tablet, Android + Apple), and will keep you posted as we get more information there.
One more thing about the app. We are really excited about the video features we are rolling out. We showed them off at the PGA show, and are making sure that they are fully tested before rolling them out. This release (2.0) will have synchronized video recording and trimming. ITR will be released in an update to the app soon thereafter, once we’ve finished our testing of accuracy. We are working with various stationary systems to make sure the numbers we produce are what you expect.
Swingbyte 2 hardware is in final testing, which means the start of production is just a few days away. We are aiming to ship the first batch of Swingbyte 2 pre-orders on 4/30. They will be sent on a first-come first-served basis, which means pre-orders taken at the PGA show will be filled first, followed by those placed online, and then retail orders. Expect to see SB2 at an AT&T store near you in plenty of time for Father’s Day, and at a few other retailers to be announced shortly!
We’ll continue providing updates on the new app and Swingbyte 2 here and on Twitter and Facebook. As always, please contact us anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions, feedback, and success stories!
All the best,
The Swingbyte Crew
Swingbyte 2, featuring attachment and alignment enhancements, will be released later this spring…and there’s still time to earn your Swingbyte Loyalty Discount! Record a swing in the Swingbyte app by end of day Sunday, March 24 - the last day of the PGA Tour’s Bay Hill event - and we’ll e-mail you a $50 discount code towards the purchase of a Swingbyte 2!
You may pre-order Swingbyte 2 here.
We’ll announce an exact ship date of initial Swingbyte 2 pre-orders within the next few weeks.
Have a great weekend!
The Swingbyte Team
We’re thrilled to announce the spring release of the redesigned Swingbyte 2 hardware and app! And we want to reward all current Swingbyte users with a great incentive to enjoy the latest and greatest Swingbyte hardware.
On March 24, 2013, (the last day of the Bay Hill PGA Tour event), all Swingbyte users with swings recorded in their app will receive a $50 coupon via e-mail towards the purchase of a Swingbyte 2. Please note, the original Swingbyte sensor and Swingbyte 2 will both provide full - and free - access to all features in the Swingbyte app, including app version 2.0 with integrated video.
Swingbyte 2 pre-orders will be available at www.swingbyte.com shortly. We’ll announce the exact timing soon via Twitter, Facebook, and the Swingbyte blog. Please sign up here if you’d like to be notified by e-mail when pre-orders open.
Thank you to all Swingbyte users for making 2012 such a phenomenal year. We look forward to helping even more golfers #ImproveFaster in 2013!
Android and iOS users should be seeing app updates this week (iOS updates pending Apple review), and they’ve got some neat features. The coolest is a brand new history screen:
This dynamic screen will show new swings as they appear, and let you filter all your swings by date, club, shot shape and rating, giving averages across the filtered swings. A condensed version is also available on Android phones and the iPhone.
A quick note: this numbers change is retroactive, and will re-calculate your swings when you upgrade to the new version. While this is happening, your swing history may either be empty or show 0s for values. Don’t worry - all your data is still there, we’re just reprocessing it to show the updated face to path numbers.
Another part of the update is the definition of Face to Path. We’ve updated how that number is calculated to have it more closely follow industry standards. That is specifically the left-right orientation of the face relative to the club path, viewed from overhead at the point of impact. The old definition, the club face orientation within the plane it’s traveling on at any point is still available, but has been renamed to “face to plane.”
Next, we’ve made it even easier to put Swingbyte on - if you put it on at the 3 o’clock position for righties (or 9 o’clock for lefties), but upside-down, it will simply work, no change necessary. If you put it on at the wrong position, rather than not capturing anything as it did before, it will display a message that Swingbyte isn’t oriented correctly (this last part is coming to Android shortly).
Finally, for those lucky iPhone5 owners out there, the new app update takes advantage of the increased screen real-estate, and is iOS6 compatible.
The updated Android app is available now in the Google Play store, and the iOS app should be available as soon as it’s approved by Apple.
As always, let us know if you have any questions.
-Alex, Brian and Nathan.
One issue some Swingbyte users have mentioned is that sometimes the Swingbyte sensor twists on the shaft after impact. How much this happens depends on the shaft, the club head speed, and how big of a divot is taken. For most users this isn’t a significant issue; occasional realignment before the next shot is an easy habit to develop. For those bothered by occasional sensor twisting - we have an enhancement. We’ve developed an adhesive mounting tab that weigh less than 1 gram. It has an adhesive backing that will stick to any club shaft, including the slipperiest irons. Once attached, Swingbyte goes right over it, and stays in place. The added advantage is that you’re guaranteed to put your Swingbyte on in the same spot time after time.
While the attachment isn’t meant to be taken on and off, if you do need to remove it, it will come off clean.
If you are a current Swingbyte owner in the United States or Canada, and would like to receive 4 complimentary tabs, please send an email with your mailing address to email@example.com and we’ll send yours out ASAP! If you reside outside of the United States or Canada, or wish to receive more than 4, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
For installation instructions, check out our FAQ
Alex, Brian, and Nathan
To All Chicago-area Swingbyte fans,
Please join the Swingbyte team at Oak Brook Golf Club in Oak Brook, IL, from 3-6pm this Saturday, August 25. Come demo Swingbyte and enjoy food, drinks, and free range balls…and win cool prizes, too!
Oak Brook Golf Club is located at:
2606 York Road
Oak Brook, IL 60523
For driving directions and more information about the club, please click here: http://www.oak-brook.org/index.aspx?NID=240
The weather looks great for Saturday. We look forward to sharing a fun afternoon with you!
- Alex, Brian, and Nathan
Last week we published two major app updates, one for iOS and one for Android. The updates introduced two important new features - the ability to rank swings (“thumbs up”/”thumbs down”) and improved navigation for phones. Android also got its own look to match better with the fact that it’s…well, Android, and not iOS.
In phone versions for both, you can now access the common actions (clubs and views) with a single click instead of 2 or 3. You can “swipe” left-to-right with two fingers to load a previous swing, and right-to-left to see the next one. You can also view data on the 3d screen by selecting your preferred data point in the Swing Data screen.
One unfortunate side-effect from the Android update was that for much of the weekend the Android app became unstable, causing frequent forced closes. While we have since fixed the problem, we did want to share with you what went wrong and why the Android experience has lagged behind iOS until now.
One of the advantages of the Android platform is the multitude of hardware options available to consumers. There are hundreds of phones and literally thousands of permutations. The drawback is that, at that scale, it is difficult to test all variations of all manufacturers’ phones when a new app update is developed. The update this weekend had a last-minute fix for an issue that affected one specific phone and OS combination, and that update ended up breaking some functionality.
We don’t like having to frantically fix releases any more than Swingbyte users like dealing with glitches. We feel your pain when there are issues, and we apologize for the hassles the Android release may have caused this past weekend. As always, we remain hard at work to continue making Swingbyte even better for you, including efforts to ensure that all future app updates will work as they should right from the start.
Specifically, next week there will be another update for Android. This will bring Android up to the same level as iOS, adding the swipe gestures for swing navigation.
Please stay tuned to Twitter, Facebook, and the Blog for announcements about forthcoming app updates and other major news…and please keep the great feedback coming about how we can make Swingbyte even better!
Alex, Brian, and Nathan
Have you seen the Swingbyte video vault? -
Swingbyte’s video vault is rapidly expanding. In addition to some of the great features on Swingbyte, including NBC’s 2012 Equipment Special, our YouTube channel also includes some informative “How to” videos for getting the most out of your Swingbyte. Check it out here!
Also, we love receiving videos from Swingbyte users about how they’re using, enjoying, and benefitting from Swingbyte. If you’d like to send us a video - and earn some cool Swingbyte swag in the process - please e-mail them to email@example.com.
Thanks and have a great weekend!
- Alex, Brian, and Nathan
We’re thrilled to announce that starting 6/24, you will be able to buy Swingbyte at select AT&T stores around the country and online at att.com, in addition to swingbyte.com. We are honored to be part of AT&T’s new app-cessory offerings and we look forward to helping make this product segment a huge success.
Read more about it: http://www.thegolfwire.com/stories/262840
Alex, Brian and Nathan.