The inventor of the sportstation, Wolfgang Alexander Paes, was involved with the digitalization of training units at a very early stage. In 2004 he developed the so-called "Speedflipper”. A device that used light barriers to determine information about the players' speed, reaction, and agility over a 12-metre distance. Originally, the device had been used in tennis training sessions. The idea eventually gave rise to the sportstation GmbH, a company currently based in Gifhorn near Wolfsburg.
In 2020, Paes used the enforced Corona break for a new start: together with Arthur and Johann-Lukas Voigt, who had already developed an app for precise automatic timing on smartphones, they completely revised the sportstation and created are more affordable one. Today's sporstation 2 can do much more: instead of external light barriers, built-in optoelectronic sensors take over the measurement of movements. The collected data is immediately transferred to the cloud for evaluation. Thanks to the data sets and connectivity, not only bare times but instant age-graded and gender-graded assessments of performance are possible. Multiple devices can even be paired for more advanced challenges.