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  1. sureshs

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    http://www.nanotech-now.com/news.cgi?story_id=20837

    Wilson Launches [K]Factor Technology at First Ever Global Event in Las Vegas
    Chicago, IL | Posted on February 28th, 2007
    Wilson Racquet Sports, the world's #1 brand in tennis, officially unveiled [K]Factor, the newest evolution in racket technology, at a global launch event today in Las Vegas.

    Combining the next generation in nanotechnology along with three unique frame engineering innovations, [K]Factor delivers the ultimate level of [K]ontrol for all types of players. World #1 Roger Federer, who played an integral role in the development and design of the new [K] Six.One racket, addressed the audience from Dubai where he is playing the Dubai tournament. In response to what [K]Factor does for his game, Federer states, "The [K] Six.One gives me incredible feel. With [K]Factor, Wilson has taken racket technology to a whole new level and I love what it does for the control of my game." Federer switched over to the [K] Six.One last month at the Australian Open, where he swept the Men's Championship without dropping a single set.

    "[K]Factor represents a huge breakthrough in racket technology because it consists of not just one technology, but rather four exclusive technology innovations that work together to give every player the [K]Factor difference. It is a true technology system, and the result of this system is incredible control," says Jon Muir, General Manager of Wilson Racquet Sports. "It has clearly made the difference already for Roger and Serena (Williams, 2007 Australian Open Women's Champion), and we are very excited to provide this difference for players of all levels."

    Building on the nanotechnology platform that began with Wilson's top selling nCode line, [K]Factor now takes the process to the next level by introducing Karophite Black, a breakthrough structure created when bonding Carbon Black, Graphite and SiO2 together at the nano level, creating a denser and stronger racket matrix. Wilson then added exclusive frame engineering technologies to produce the comprehensive [K]Factor racket series. These technologies enable players to maintain power while providing them with the ultimate level of control.

    The four key umbrella technologies of [K]Factor include:

    * [K]arophite Black
    * A proprietary next generation structure created through a unique process at the nanoscopic level resulting in more feel and an even stronger and more stable racket.

    * [K]onnector
    * 2 external wings molded into each side of the hoop to increase dwell time of the ball on the string bed upon impact. This provides greater control and comfort with a larger sweet spot.
    * [K]ontour Yoke
    * New frame engineering technology that enhances stiffness at key stress points on the racket for improved torsionnal stability.
    * [K]ompact Center
    * New Industrial design innovation that improves handling and maneuverability while providing additional feel. Directly inspired by World #1 Roger Federer.

    The new [K]Factor models will begin rolling out in stores starting in late March and April 2007. Consumers are already able to purchase the [K] Six.One models, including the [K] Six.One Tour, which is made to Federer's exact specs and features his signature on the frame (suggested retail price - $209). The other rackets in the series feature the same [K]arophite Black technology, as well as a combination of the other[K]Factor technologies, allowing consumers to select a frame suited specifically to the needs of each player to maximize control. The [K]Factor racket line ranges in price from $189 to $350.
     
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  2. Redflea

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    Regardless of the quality of the racquet...I think I'm going to [K]barf... ;)

    Forget the lawyers, first shoot all the marketers.
     
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  3. sureshs

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    There is enough material in here to keep BP occupied for years :)

    PS: Anyone seen these wings they are talking about? I couldn't see them when I examined a K90 last week.
     
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    [K]barf. Wow that was surprisingly funny. Good one.
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  5. Racketdesign

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    The wings are on the side next to the (k)tchen sink. They were going to add (K)ryptonite under the grip, but they wore out the K key on their keyboard while typing that announcement.

    Honestly? Anyone falling for any of that?
     
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  6. Polaris

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    You bet. Talk about overdoing the [K] thing. LOL at the name "Karophite". Looks like they forgot to do a spell-check. What is "torsionnal" ? Probably, the extra "n" is for the nanotechnology :).

    By most accounts here, it is a good racquet. And based on the discussions here, people would willingly shell out $200, even if Wilson was a little bit restrained about the damned [K]'s.
     
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    does that mean more K's are coming out in March/April besides the 6.1?
     
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    thats probably [k]uz u don't have the s[k]ill required to use this ra[k]quet ;)
     
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  9. sureshs

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    There is a 105 announced on Japanese web pages.
     
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  10. Hewitt Aussie

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    copier, i revealed that before you and then you copied it.
    I DO TAKE CREDIT FOR THAT.
     
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  11. tennis-skater

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    Who the hell is gunna pay $350 for ONE racket!?!?!
     
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    I didn't see it - honestly. I was doing some googling on the Vegas event and the nanotech article popped up.
     
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  13. sureshs

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    There are 4 technologies, so you are paying $87.50 for each :)
     
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  14. StunLock

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    interesting.... a k 6.1 105 XL 16x20

    and a super light H7 110
     
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  15. [K]aotic

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    350 a racquet? wow i got mine for 150 cuz where i live, there is a local tennis shop and i happen to be friends with the man. i get a "friends" price
     
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  16. Hewitt Aussie

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    and look at the 105 and click more info, that is the cover you get with the racquets.
     
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  17. Racketdesign

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    and a free Fed action figure. Nice !
     
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  18. Hewitt Aussie

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    Everyone Go To The Tennis Warehouse Front Page And Click On The New K Factor Video, It Shows All The New Ones. It Is Awesome. Have A Look At The Racquets. A Lot Of Black Ones.
     
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  19. sureshs

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    The movie which is a Quicktime plug in, does not play in my browser.
     
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  20. Hewitt Aussie

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    oh dude that sucks there is the surge(black) zen ( orange) like a 105,12, and stuf like that.
     
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  21. sureshs

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    The other video, the weekly vlog, plays though
     
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  22. Mr. Sean

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    Federer quote from the speech
    "The custom ps 6.0 85 with a 90 frame that the public cant have...damn I meant [K] Six.One gives me incredible feel. With [K]Factor, Wilson has taken racket technology to a whole new level and I love what it does for the control of my game." ("I hope know one heard me say that."

    I think I liked the k90 more before I read this article. Now after reading about all this black karbon and silicone crap It kind of turns me off, all this crap seems so gimicky. Just release a freaking ps 85 with a 90 head w none of this black kryptonite with the same material that is in pamelas andersons boobs and trendy futuristic paintjobs. I guarantee it would be one of wilsons biggest sellers.
     
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  23. StunLock

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    from the video --

    ".... the K1, the flagship of the k-factor line...."

    LOL
     
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  24. Hewitt Aussie

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    ya lol, i was wondering what they were talking about
     
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    i think at first it was "karbon black" instead of the weird karophite things but some dudes said they had karbon black copyrighted, so wilson had to change it... but they couldve come up with something less weird/gay than karophite
     
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  26. Richie Rich

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    i'm still waiting for the [k]rap to be released.
     
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    yay!!

    cant wait to use mine this sunday!!!
     
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  28. Spinnage

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    I got another one today. Best racquets I have ever owned.
     
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    Man, george lucas should've gone into marketing-he might be even richer if he had. Now I believed in the Ncode stuff, its realistic, but this crap is more than pushing it. They should've just stuck to the better feel more control rather than turn it into some quasi-futuristic technology.
     
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  30. BreakPoint

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    My head is still spinning from the use of all the "[K]"'s. Sounds like Wilson has gone [K]razy with all the [K]'s. I'm still waiting for Kellogg's to sue them because it sounds too close to "Special K". ;)

    "External wings"? Puleeze...are they changing the name of PWS?

    I think most of this is just marketing [k]rap anyway. The marketing department at Wilson must have been working overtime.

    But who cares what the technology is or isn't or what technology is or isn't in the racquet as long as you like how the racquet plays? I think most people buy racquets because of how they play and not because of what "technology" is in it. At least the smart people do.

    Personally, I couldn't care less if a company puts mollasses in its racquets as long as I like the feel and how it plays.
     
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  31. Redflea

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    ...and how it tastes!
     
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  32. sureshs

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    Finally got what Karophite stands for - (K)arbon + Graphite.

    See the fusing together of the two mentioned in the PR.
     
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    Oh, so that is it.

    External wings = PWS.
     
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    Does that mean all new batches will now read [K]arophite Black and no more [K]arbon Black paintjob?
     
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    Wilson should buy Pro Kennex's kinetic patent and release a [k] Factor [k]inetic so they can claim now with 5 technologies !!
     
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  36. sureshs

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    Anyone up for some spicy buffalo PWS tonite?
     
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  37. sureshs

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    They will have to charge 20% more then.
     
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  38. Redflea

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    I like that...the [K]inetick [K] Factor... :)

    You do have to admit that the marketing approach has a brilliant basis...w/26 letters in the alphabet and only two used so far (n and [K]) Wilson has 24 more generations of racquets they can release without having to worry about a theme. Just pick a random letter, make up a few new words that start with it ("...with [P]arojetacone!") and you're good to go!

    (Looks like Head and Dunlop have a similar idea w/the -gel approach. Microgel and Aerogel...can Bigoldgel and Floatogel be far away?)
     
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    I think so, unlike the claims before that Wilson resolved the name issue, and Karophite Black sticks would become collector items.

    Now, the Karbon Black sticks will become collector items. Whoever got those, hold on to them - 5 years from now, each will be worth millions on the auction site!
     
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  40. Racketdesign

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    They were so proud of their "breakthrough" structure, they only decided to mention it on the frame (or dream it up) when they realised they had trademark issues. Comical
     
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    I'm surprised this hasnt rekindled all the what is Fed really using discourse around here.

    So let's see...Wlson has found a way to bond graphite with karbonBlack which is a cheap filler material used to reinforce tires....how desireable! and they are making a big deal out of it as though this is something good! hahahahahaha! to summarize, they are putting even less graphite in their frames, and more cheap filler and charging people more and tauting it some huge technological advance..talk about the marketing trifecta! make it cheaper, charge more, and give it a made up fancy name in the process

    having hit with these frames, i just dont get how people think they feel like a ps85. ps85 is graphite and kevlar..and is braided at that....and it somehow feels like less graphite and more filler of the k90?
     
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  42. sureshs

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    Don't forget the sand.
     
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  43. Pro_Tour_630

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    the wings are really called CATAwooferDNXpoint

    SiO2=Aerogel
     
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    the nSand is old news now....we're talking [k]iller....short for kfiller
     
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  45. sureshs

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    I am going to try dipping the wings in some nanosauce.
     
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    the [k] factor video on tw homepage is one of the cheesiest promotional videos i have seen in a long time.
    I am probably going to get a lot of flak for using one of these rackets once my friends watch the video! :) but say whatever, the k90 really is a great racket.
    also looking at the video, the wings are something other than the PWS. I don't know what in the world they are or what they are supposed to do, but it didn't seem like they were referencing the PWS.
     
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    The (K)onnector wings are not used on all of the racquets - they are only included in the more powerful racquets like the K1, and K4 OS. The same applies to the (K)ontoured Yoke. The (K)ompact center is universal to all of the new racquets.

    Chris, TW.
     
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  48. BreakPoint

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    Actually, after watching the K-Factor video on TW's home page, I take that back. It looks like the "external wings" are on the outside of the hoop and actually contract when the strings deflect and pull on them when you hit the ball. They are NOT the same as PWS. So I stand corrected.
     
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  49. sureshs

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    Thanks, Chris.

    Can't see the video (TW fixing it tomorrow) but is the Kompact center the more open string pattern in the sweetspot?
     
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  50. sureshs

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    Hmmm. Rules prohibit moving parts in a racquet. Only exception was the granules in the head of the Kinetic Prokennex racquets. The Volkl Power Arm also probably moves, or rather flexes, on ball impact.
     
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