Wearable tech company Whoop to meet NBA union
Wearable tech being allowed in NBA games is inching closer to becoming a reality. According to league sources, the NBA players' union will be meeting Tuesday with the wearable tech company Whoop that recently made headlines after Cleveland Cavaliers point guard Matthew Dellavedova illegally wore its biotracker wristband in games during almost all of March.
On March 31, the league office was made aware of Dellavedova's wristband and informed the Cavs that Dellavedova could not wear the banned device in games. Neither the team nor Dellavedova received a fine or suspension; Dellavedova has since stopped wearing it in games.
The Dellavedova incident comes on the heels of MLB announcing it would allow wearable tech for in-game use starting this season, according to a report by The Associated Press. However, only two specific devices would be fair game: a Motus arm sleeve that tracks elbow stress and Zephyr's BioHarness that monitors heart rate, respiration and accelerometry.