About this project
Have you ever asked yourself, ”Can I record how I pitch on a baseball field?” It was no easy task, but we have achieved it with Strike.
When baseball teams or TV stations try to record how pitchers pitch, they have to setup million dollar equipment and special hardware all around the field to get the data (like Trackman®) they need. But now, thanks to modern technology, all you need is the smart baseball, Strike.
Strike is the first smart baseball in the world!
By pitching Strike, it records and sending Trajectory, Speed, and Spin rate of each pitch to a mobile device immediately. The self-developed App will generate these information to a 3D viewing simulation right away as following:
(When the mobile device received these data, our own App will turn them into a real time 3D viewing simulation, and show you how the ball flew, how fast it went, and its spin rate! It sounds incredible, doesn’t it?)
- 3D Trajectory: Our dedicated algorithm tracks the ball’s path and generates a 3D replay.
- Spin: Strike measures each pitch’s spin rate which is key to curve balls.
- Speed: Strike can instantly detect the ball’s velocity.
- Pitch Location: Our strike zone detection technology helps you improve your accuracy.
- Rotation Axis: Strike records the ball’s axis of rotation so you can better understand your pitch.
Strike is the best coach to analyze your performance and lead you to the secret for a perfect pitch, for a fraction of the cost of conventional technology.
Strike’s App is not only displays trajectory, but also collects and stores the history of each pitch data, and turns them into an info friendly chart for users to refer to any time they need to do so. By doing this, users can find their history record easily and adjust their technique to improve the players’ pitch, with each try. Furthermore, coaches and scouts have more options to recruit pitchers as well.
- Activity History: Your pitching stats will automatically be stored in the Strike cloud so that you can review your performance anytime and anywhere! All you need to do is login to your account from any mobile device to view your cloud information.
- Achievements: Strike’s unique Achievement System motivates you to keep reaching your goals and to have fun!
- Pitch Comparison: Strike acts as the ultimate personal coach by providing immediate feedback about your pitching performance over time.
Are you ready to get promoted and become an All-Star? You or your players can become better pitchers with Strike. You will be the lead sports story in the world with Strike!
THREE EASY STEPS TO START:
1. Connect ball & mobile device: Turn on the App, and shaking Strike once.
2. Set the pitching distance, and Pitch.
3. Pitch Strike and the App will simulate right away.
Inside Strike, there is an electronic board that is a built in IMU, Gyro, Bluetooth chipset and related electronics. The chipset easily records and detects the movement of the ball, and sends out the data. (Yes, just like your GPS and smart phone!!)
And another amazing thing is Strike is charged by wireless pad, so there is no fragile & ugly USB port on the ball.
WHAT YOU GET:
The Strike pack includes one Strike smart baseball, a wireless charger pad, a usb charger cable, a Strike bag and a free app that includes the Strike Cloud.
The Best Christmas Gift this year!!
Although the deliver time will be 2017 summer, Strike is still the best and amazing gift for your friends or family who loves baseball this year!! Thus, backers who back Strike as a gift, we will email you a printable RENT CHECK, so that you can print it out and give it to your love ones. Please leave us a private message once you back us. How sweet, aren’t we?
(The picture above is not a valid Rain Check but a Sample. We will still ship Strike to where the backers inform us, so be aware while you fill out the shipping address after campaign.)
DEVELOPMENT OF STRIKE:
In order to minimize the difference between a real baseball and Strike, we made it the same weight, surface texture and with the same center of gravity as a real baseball.
Creating Strike was not easy, we tried different materials and worked on mechanic simulations for more than six Strike generations, but also, we made it! Strike, the world’s first smart baseball!
REAL TEST VIDEO:
3D Trajectory Verification Video
Speed Verification Video
Compression Test Video
Strike is almost production-ready. We are in the pre-production phase, and our latest Strike hardware is tested by our international support baseball teams.
MEET OUR TEAM:
Hi, we are Jingle! We come from Taiwan, (a.k.a Formosa) a magnificent island, diversified in culture and industries. Leaders of state of the art semiconductor technology including R&D and excellence in OEM/ODM. We are passionate in sports science, including hardware, firmware, algorithm development, and UX & UI design. Vision and hardwork are the driving forces and our momentum for success. With enthusiasm in sports, Jingle implements Strike for serious pitchers.
Special thanks to Alfredo Francisco for his cooperation and collaboration with us. Alfredo was 3B for Chicago Cubs year 2002-2004, pitcher for Chicago Cubs year 2005-2006 and sports agent year 2010-2013. In 2016, Alfredo joined us to be our baseball consultant and introduced many awesome MLB coaches and pitchers to join our beta testing. There are many things we would like to be better at and we are looking forward to helping more and more pitchers to improve their game.
Risks and challenges
Strike is a sports technology product. We spent one additional year working on mechanic simulation and prototype development to solve the main issues of working electronic components stability during pitches, how to make the smart baseball with the same weight and texture as the original baseball, and how to go on mass production.
Now we are ready with hardware supply chains and Strike on pre-production qualified to meet electronic standards and we are working hard for meeting product safety requirements on mass production. Our next stage is performing beta testing with several baseball teams.
We need to collect more data to tune software in order to meet pitchers needs. We will keep working hard on both strength testing for hardware and app tuning for software in the following months to make Strike precise in every detail.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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