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Stereo vision imaging technology has proven to be extremely accurate for capturing the relevant data on a moving ball. For example, radar based systems cannot accurately capture the spin axis of the ball. Spin axis gives one the information to understand how much a curve ball or slider moves, or why one pitcher has movement with his fastball and the other one does not. This is the “holy grail” for understanding the movement and amount of movement of a pitched ball. The Yakkertech product provides the most accurate and complete set of the kinematics data on a moving baseball. Velocity, trajectory , spin and spin axis are the key components for understanding what the ball is doing and why with a pitcher.

Yakkertech vs. Radar

Yakkertech uses vision imaging technology to provide uncompromising ball kinematics for the purpose of analysis and iterative performance enhancement for pitchers.  Unlike radar systems currently available which specialize in long range ballistic tracking and are unable to measure ball spin axis, the Yakkertech device applies advanced proprietary machine vision technology--the only methodology capable of direct measurement of spin rate and spin axis.  Produced by long time veterans in the sports imaging business known for industry leading ball kinematics systems in golf (the most difficult sports ball to track), the Yakkertech device is a state of the art, “gold standard” that delivers real time data to enable reactive training, and operates within low margins of error unprecedented in the industry.

 With imaging, the actual movement of the seams are identified which allows for a very accurate calculation of the spin rate and the direction the ball is actually spinning (spin axis). This also allows for the final movement of the ball to be accurately measured to within approximately one inch. This is not accomplished with radar. Understanding the movement of a pitch to within an inch or two of its actual movement makes an enormous difference in pitching.

Yakkertech – Stereo Vision vs. Mono Vision

Yakkertech’s imaging technology is stereo vision – meaning the use of two cameras vs. just one. One way to understand the difference is to close one eye and look around – then compare that to seeing with two eyes.  Our stereo vision technology uses what is known as “stereo triangulation” to determine the exact location of the ball while it is moving. Because mono vision cannot do this, it has a much higher error rate. In addition, stereo vision captures at least twice as many images of the ball than the current mono vision systems. This also leads to a more accurate set of kinematic data on each thrown ball. The Yakkertech stereo vision system will simply provide the most accurate data on a pitched ball.

Data collection and storage

This is such an important feature of the product. For example, you have a pitcher working on his curveball. He throws 10 pitches, you look at the data, and find the optimum numbers – best curveball. The coach and player then know what they need to work on. It could be related to grip –so you adjust the grip and throw 10 to 20 more pitches. Then compare the data. Whatever you are doing to improve performance, you have instant feedback. And then the data is there forever for further reference.

The availability of the historical data along with the current data allows one to see if the improvement is occurring. Each time they pitch at practice for example, you can record what is happening, and do your comparison for the pitch types.

For younger players, this data will be available for many, many years thus providing the opportunity to see if the growth in performance is truly taking place.

In addition, just think of the many ways the data can be used to compare players. For example, most scouts are only able to get velocity when tracking young pitchers. They have no way of capturing the movement, and can only tell you what they see. With Yakkertech Baseball, evaluation sessions of young pitchers would now have all the accurate data collected and stored for review by anyone. The spin axis data will tell you how much that fastball is moving for example.

Portability

The product can be used both indoors and outdoors, and thus is perfectly suited for baseball training wherever it takes place. It can be moved about the indoor training center as well as around on the practice field. Fits into a car, and weighs about 20 lbs and comes with a tripod that weighs about 5 lbs. The carrying case allows for easy shipping or for airplane travel.

The user will have the app that comes with the product, and thus the user will not need “pad and pencil” to record what is happening. All data goes right into the database system.

Product Cost

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Who should have the product?

MLB teams

Spring training with players spread out over several areas makes the product appealing from a portability perspective. But more importantly provides accurate data that can be used to both evaluate pitchers and improve performance….Bullpen sessions become more valuable as one has the data at their finger tips.

Minor league teams

Just like the major league teams, it gives the coaches what they need to evaluate their players and help improve their performance.

Professional baseball scouts

Product gives them more data than they can currently get, and it is accurate. Lastly, it is easily retrieved and sent to others – no more “pad and pencil” and then time feeding into excel spreadsheet.

Colleges, high schools, and indoor training enters

 

Professional baseball pitchers

There is no other product on the market that can better help you improve the movement of a pitch or to add a pitch to your arsenal.

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