By now you probably know that hockey pucks are getting a whole lot smarter. Gone are the days of insulting someone by calling them a hockey puck (see Don Rickles). The NHL has begun a rollout of their version of puck tracking technology, which uses an internal location device to track a puck’s exact location on the ice, speed of a shot, and much more, all in real time (more here). Stats nerds such as myself are getting all warm-and-tingly just thinking about the possibilities. But what about fans like you and I? A fellow diehard Capitals fan has got us covered.
However, a day or two after following his account I realized Kevin was up to something pretty darn cool. He was developing a one-of-kind next-generation product for the entire hockey community, something I had never seen before. I was instantly hooked.
Even better (for me, a nerdy Engineer) Kevin was posting videos on the development of his product each day on his Instagram account. He was showing all of his followers each and every step of the product development process, something I knew nothing about. One day he would be fiddling with the internal hardware inside the puck, the next day he would be wrestling with code, or taking professional images of his product for his website. In the last month or so he has been working with the process of hollowing out a portion of the puck, so that all of the edges were clean and sharp, and worked perfectly with all of his hardware specifications.
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The StatFeedr puck was born out of my lifelong love for hockey combined with my engineering background. I’m a diehard Washington Capitals fan and have been following the team since I was a little kid back in the 80’s. My personal puck obviously tracks the Caps but it can be configured to track any of the 31 NHL teams with player tracking coming in the future.
The StatFeedr hockey puck is a regulation hockey puck with a digital display built in that automatically updates with an NHL team’s stats after every game. It displays a team’s win/loss record, points, current division rank, streak information, the result of the last game and the day, time and opponent of the next game. It works by connecting through your home WiFi network to fetch stats after each game automatically. Setup is very simple and takes less than 5 minutes from your phone or computer. After setup the puck has about a half season battery life so you can stick it on your shelf or in the fan cave to show off to friends.
The detailed specs:
- Capable of tracking any of the existing 31 teams in the league. Will support expansion teams automatically.
- Updates with team stats after the conclusion of each game
- Setup takes less than five minutes. Setup process is supported on OSX, iOS, Android, Windows and Linux.
- Puck is pre-configured so it will start receiving stats as soon as it is set up. This means all you have to do is get it connected to WiFi using the online instructions. No other configuration is required.
- WiFi Support: WPA and WPA2 networks. FCC, CE, and IC certified.
Epaper display is easy to read in any light condition and has an ultra wide viewing angle.
- Internal lithium battery provides half season battery life.
- Includes 12” (305mm) USB cable for charging and setup
- Dimensions: 3” diameter x 1” thick (76mm x 25mm).
Weight: 4.8 ounces(136g)
I’m currently very low on team specific stock so I only have a few official Caps and Stanley Cup pucks left but I’d love to create an offer for fellow Caps fans. I have plenty of plain black pucks that I can offer at a 20% discount to the Nova Caps community and would be happy to sell out what little Caps stock I have left at a similar discount. Please use promo code NOVACAPS.
If you’ve followed NoVa Caps for any length of time, you know we love to support our fellow Capitals fans endeavors in anyway possible. We hope you will checkout Kevin’s great products, and give him a follow on social media.
Happy holidays, Caps Nation!
By Jon Sorensen