Garmin has announced the launch of a bat swing sensor with an on-device display for real-time feedback after every swing.
America’s favourite past-time, baseball, is a bit behind the curve when it comes to connected tech. Its only recently that we’ve seen a few devices that aim to take your performance up a notch. The latest addition to this select group is Garmin’s Impact Bat Sensor.
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Simply set up a profile, connect your device, and you are ready to swing. The sensor attaches to the butt of your bat via a flexible rubber mount to provide you with a plethora of stats. This includes bat speed, hand speed, time to impact, elevation angle and attack angle.
The main novelty for such a device is the sunlight-visible, 128 x 128 pixel, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) screen. Measuring 18.5 x 18.5 mm it displays all these stats in real-time.
To further enhance your swing, use the accompanying smartphone app. It provides additional analysis, along with 3D swing paths. After every three swings you also get tips and drills from professionals. You can even use the app to analyze videos captured of your swings.
“Garmin has seen great success with our other sports products, like the golf swing sensor, so the addition of the Impact bat swing sensor to the performance training market seemed like a natural fit,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “
“Whether playing baseball or softball, or coaching players, the on-device display and auditory cues on the Impact bat swing sensor allow batters to quickly make adjustments so come game time they can step up to the plate with confidence.”
Weighing just 34 grams, you will hardly notice the sensor is attached to your bat. The settings allow you to customize for use with multiple players and different bats. Featuring up to 10 hours of battery life and an IPX7 water-resistance rating, the Impact Bat Sensor is going for $149.99 on garmin.com.
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