What we do
WASP designs and markets a range of electronic sensors used by sports scientists, coaches and athletes to measure sports performance. The company was founded by Greg Hayes and focuses on developing products for the sports science market. Currently WASP has three products available but there are a number of other products in development.
If you are a sports scientist or an organisation looking to investigate methods of measuring sports performance, please contact us, we may be able to help.
The story behind the WASP bike power meter
"Way back in time I got into what I call, my fitness awakening. I was lured into hiking and then mountaineering. Being a computer geek, I wanted to track my fitness levels as I trained, and so developed various electronics to do just that.
I used GPS units and barometric pressure sensors to track my speed and rate of climb whilst scrambling around mountains. After the mountaineering phase, the excitement really grew. I discovered mountain biking.
I loved the new challenge of biking but on occasions my progress was hindered by wind. A lot of wind. Bordering on gale force. I was living in Wellington at the time, so what could I expect!
Wellington is locally known as Windy Wellington and for good reason. Wikipedia describes Wellington as “the world's windiest city, with an average wind speed of over 26 km/h”. That’s average for the year! I’ve seen clouds racing down the main street at 80 km/h, and we’re talking sea level here.
Anyway, I wanted to keep up my fitness and I regularly rode up Makara Peak, a 412 meters high hill. It was a hard grind even without wind. At the top wind gusts would literally blow me off my bike. Being face down in mud was not appealing.
I was determined to somehow overcome the wind or at least gauge my performance, so it became game-on.
I knew I needed a device to measure power, but I found the available power meters too expensive and cumbersome. Hence, I devised my own system to measure acceleration, rate of climb and wind. The most difficult aspect though, was measuring the wind speed and direction as sensors back then were too big and clumsy. But that was some years ago and things have changed. With the new electronics around, reading wind speed and direction using small low power devices became feasible.
And so, evolved the WASP Bike Power Meter for serious cyclists.
At last I attained that competitive edge I was looking for.
What are you looking for?"