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Last updated December 17, 2015

smartBAT | Baseball and Softball Training Bat

RIP-IT has created the world's first smartBAT, giving you real time data, swing speed, and contact analytics on each swing.

smartBAT | Baseball and Softball Training Bat

RIP-IT has created the world's first smartBAT, giving you real time data, swing speed, and contact analytics on each swing.

$8,409
pledged of $30,000pledged of $30,000 goal
62
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Thu, December 17 2015 3:21 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated December 17, 2015

About

RIP-IT has created the world's first smartBAT, giving you real time data, swing speed, and contact analytics on each swing. With this information you will be able to improve and reach your full potential to become the baseball or softball player you've always dreamed of.

The problem: For your son or daughter to become a valuable player on their team or stand out amongst other student athletes applying for scholarships, you have to spend thousands of dollars on trainers, coaches and equipment, with little real time feedback on improvement. This can be frustrating for players and parents.

The solution: RIP-IT has created a smartBAT that provides real time feedback on the most important aspects of your swing. It’s as simple as swinging and reviewing the results on your phone or computer.

Why is it so special?: The smartBAT is unique in that it is the ONLY baseball and softball bat created to measure your swing speed with detailed analytics giving you all the information needed to improve. It also provides you the metrics of your swing performance over time, allowing you to fully understand how your training is progressing.

Our engineers made the smartBAT to have about 7 day battery life, before having to charge. Using Bluetooth LE, the smartBAT is able to record, collect, and transmit your swing data without any worry of losing power throughout the day.

The smartBAT automatically syncs with your smartphone, and provides feedback on your athletic performance one swing at a time. If your performance shifts from one day to the next, the app will be able to help you identify the areas of improvement and provide suggestions on how to improve your technique.

So now you will be able to get accurate feedback on your swing and technique right in your backyard!

How it works: We designed the world’s first smartBAT to work right out of the box. Just pick it up and start swinging. As you swing, your swing data is captured at a rate of 1,000 data points per second and fed into our advanced algorithms. The result is a set of metrics that can be viewed on your phone or computer that tracks increases in performance.

WHAT WE HAVE ACCOMPLISHED SO FAR.

First Working Prototype

We used off the shelf components to create a working prototype that would capture the data necessary to provide the swing metrics we identified as important to player improvement. This first working prototype connected to the knob of an existing bat using a 3D printed enclosure. The goal at this step was to pull raw data from a swing for analysis.

Data Capture

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From the working prototype we were able to pull raw swing data into the computer via a smart phone. Using this data we crafted our algorithm to turn this raw swing data into user friendly information like swing speed, quality of contact, swing angle, and number of swings taken over a given time period.

Initial Knob Design Concepts

With our initial testing completed we began the design process of miniaturizing the board, components, and battery to work within the size constraints of a baseball or softball bat. After working with our hardware suppliers and our bat manufacturers we were able to determine the best solution for the hardware, battery, and bat assembly. 

Second Working Prototype 

Our second working prototype was a smaller version of the first prototype and was machined to replace the knob of a baseball or softball bat. During this phase we were able to get better swing data due to the reduced size of the prototype.

Miniaturized Board

After the second prototype phase was complete we had clearly identified the sensors, processor, and other hardware needs for the smartBAT. With that information we created our first test boards. These test boards include the same components and are the same size and weight as our production boards will be.

Third Working Prototype

With the miniaturized board completed we 3D printed an enclosure that closely resembled the knob you would find on a standard baseball or softball bat. We then attached this knob to baseball and softball bats to test the components. The prototype shown above also included an external on/off switch that was removed on our final prototype.

Final Prototype

This final prototype is the same version of the smartBAT that Kickstarter backers will receive. The final prototype looks, feels, weighs, and swings the same as a standard baseball or softball bat. In this photo you can also see the charging terminals on the outside of the knob.

Charging the smartBAT

To charge the smartBAT we decided on an attachment that fits over the knob of the bat and uses a USB cable to charge. This photo shows our first charging attachment prototype. This working prototype was created using a 3D printer. The final charging attachment will be injection molded which will make it smoother looking than this prototype. We also included a charging indicator light on the charging attachment to easily identify charging status. 

How is the RIP-IT smartBAT different?

What is left to make the smartBAT a reality? With a fully functioning prototype that has been field tested and a vetted supply chain, there are two things left to make the smartBAT available to baseball and softball players. The first is to determine demand for this product using Kickstarter as our go / no-go to bring this product to market. The second is to work with our early Kickstarter backers to refine the user experience of the smartBAT to make it perfect for baseball and softball players.  

Why do we need your support: We have done 99.9% of the work to make the smartBAT a reality. The last piece of the puzzle left is you. Now it is up to the baseball and softball community to let us know if this is something you want by funding this project.

About the people behind RIP-IT:  RIP-IT is a baseball and softball design company that was founded in 2003. From its headquarters in Orlando, RIP-IT has grown into a nationally known baseball and softball brand found in over 2,600 stores across the country.

Risks and challenges

We’ve already done most of the work and are experts in bringing new products to market. Additionally, we have partnered with some of the best design and electronics firms to shore up the supply chain for this product. At this point, the biggest risk to the smartBAT is not receiving enough demand from the baseball and softball community to make it a reality.

MANUFACTURING:
Creating the tools to manufacture a product with the functionality of world’s first smartBAT is tough. In fact, it has never been done before. The process to make this happen is complicated, and requires coordination between lots of groups and companies. There is typically a 90 day lead time to create the molds, machine the bats, and get all the electrical equipment working together. Any hiccup in that process could cause a delay, but we are working with our partners with a track record of exceptional quality control to minimize the risks of delays.

PRODUCT ADJUSTMENTS:
With anything that is as good as the world’s first smartBAT, it is likely that we discover necessary tweaks and adjustments down the line to make the final product even better than we ever imagined. Pre-production prototypes are made to test and refine the product to allow us the flexibility to incorporate any adjustments into the product before it is shipped. You can be sure that any adjustments we make to the software, hardware, or any other aspect of the world’s first smartBAT will be for the benefit of you, the consumer, and you will know exactly what changes were made and why.

FULFILLMENT:
Some things simply can’t be planned for, including: a supplier misses a deadline, machines breaking down, and shipments getting delivered to the wrong location. Any one of these things can cause a delay for the delivery of the world’s first smartBAT. We are working with experts in the field of manufacturing, fulfillment, and shipping to help smooth the entire process and reduce the chances that these delays occur.

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    A RIP-IT sports sack bag, your name will be credited in our app, project updates, and our eternal gratitude!

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    BASEBALL - Early Adopter BETA User

    Backers at this level we be the first in the world to receive a smartBAT for baseball. You will get to participate in our beta test, provide feedback for product enhancement, your name will be credited in our app, and get a sweet t-shirt. Your smartBAT and t-shirt ship for free.

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    SOFTBALL - Early Adopter BETA User

    Backers at this level we be the first in the world to receive a smartBAT for softball. You will get to participate in our beta test, provide feedback for product enhancement, your name will be credited in our app, and get a sweet t-shirt. Your smartBAT and t-shirt ship for free.

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    Super Early Bird

    Backers at this level choose either a baseball or softball bat and will get first run smartBATS at a super early bird price. Your name will be credited in our app, and you also receive free shipping on your smartBAT.

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    Early Bird

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    Kickstarter - Single smartBAT

    Backers at this level choose either a baseball or softball bat and will get first run smartBATS at a ‘not so early bird’ price. Your name will be credited in our app, and you also receive free shipping on your smartBAT.

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    Single smartBAT and more.

    Backers at this level choose a baseball or softball smartBAT and they also receive a batting helmet and equipment backpack. Your name will be credited in our app, and you also receive free shipping on your smartBAT.

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    Retailer 6 Pack

    Be one of the first and only retailers to offer the smartBAT to your customers. Backers at this level will receive 6 bats at $75 each and free shipping on their order. The MSRP for the smartBAT is $199.99.

    The smartBAT will be available in the most popular baseball and softball lengths and weights. Your order can be made up of any combination of baseball or softball bats.

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    Retailer 12 Pack

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    Retailer 24 Pack

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    Developer Kit for smartBAT

    Backers at this level will receive a developer kit that will include 5 smartBATs, technical hardware specs, and private API access to our advanced algorithms to develop their own apps and functionality for the smartBAT.

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    Retailer 48 Pack

    Be one of the first and only retailers to offer the smartBAT to your customers. Backers at this level will receive 48 bats at $75 each and free shipping on their order. The MSRP for the smartBAT is $199.99.

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    Custom smartBAT knob.

    Backers at this level will work alongside our development team to create a custom smartBAT knob for their own bat line. This level is intended for brands who already produce baseball or softball bats and want to add smartBAT functionality to their bats.

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