Vision Technology Outpaces Radar Technology in MLB

Vision Technology Surpasses Radar

The MLB has sent a very clear signal in choosing Hawk-Eye, and dropping Trackman for their pitch analysis needs. This just in: Hawk-Eye is going to be installed in all MLB stadiums effective next season. While there are numerous rumors about things such as the service provided by Trackman, most know that the league’s teams are unhappy with the quality of data. Whatever the reason, pitching data captured at the MLB level in games will now be done differently, and with different technology.

Hawk-Eye uses vision technology to capture data on the field, rather than the radar technology that Trackman employs. While radar technology does many things well in tracking the pitch metrics of a ball, it is just not accurate enough for the fine art of pitching.

The Technology That Powers Yakkertech

While Yakkertech and Hawk-Eye are not the same, the base technology is. We both use vision technology to capture data on the ball. This technology provides better data on the actual movement of the ball and its rotation. In essence, with stereo vision imaging, the technology sees the ball rotating through the air as it is moving forward.

There is clearly more to this, as we need software to process what the technology “sees.” Stereo vision imaging is superior to radar technology when it comes to the need for highly accurate data. Getting another inch or two of movement from a pitcher’s curveball, four seam fastball or any other pitching type makes all the difference in the world. Finding that extra inch requires the accuracy that only vision technology can provide.

Start Gathering Highly Accurate Data NOW

The MLB’s switch in technology to capture in game pitching data affects the entire baseball community. Colleges, academies and other pitch training groups desire to compare players to the MLB statistics. In order to do so, they need to gather the same metrics as the MLB. With Yakkertech, this is possible.

Our technology is very similar to Hawk-Eye. That’s why we are confident that our data capture parallels the statistics the MLB is receiving. Either our bullpen or in-game system will provide easily comparable data – and understood by the MLB teams, too. Change, while not always good, appears to be in this case.

P.S: One little camera is not “vision technology.”