The world of sport is fast becoming one of the biggest beneficiaries of wearable technology. Whether that's on the football pitch, in the pool, or even on the golf course.
Motus, a US company, which specialises in biomechanical data analysis, believes it has found a way to help baseball players take their performances to the next level.
It's created a full body sensor that's capable of providing real-time data analysis for both the batter and the pitcher to improve technique or help reduce the chances of an injury.
So how does it work? The MotusPro uses a series of 6-axis motion sensors, which can be fitted inside compression shirts, batting gloves and cleats. These do all have to be custom fitted though. So it's not quite as easy as slapping on a sensor onto your bat like you can with the Zepp baseball sensor.
With everything in place, players and coaches will then be able to record and store millions of data points per throw and swing. This then allows users to analyse batting technique and high speed throwing providing metrics on aspects like explosive speeds, hitting motion and bat speed.
This data can be viewed in real-time over Bluetooth via the companion iOS app. Alternatively, if you want a more detailed look, you can head to the MotusPro web portal where you can fill your dashboards with up to 100 metrics compared to just the eight reserved for the mobile app. The sensors have enough room to store up to 80MB of data, which can be transferred later to the app if you don't have your iPhone handy.
Baseball wearables is not new territory for Motus. The company has already been trialling its mThrow smart throwing sleeve (pictured above) with 27 MLB teams this season. The device, designed for pitchers is able to analyse workloads and recommend throw limits to prevent a nasty injury.
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There's no details yet on how much the MotusPro will cost and when it'll be available. With the mThrow setup priced in at just under $200, it's probably not going to be cheap. Hopefully wannabe Justin Verlanders can get in on the analysis action too without breaking the bank.
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