The MLB today announced a deal with Blast Motion that will see it allow teams to use the accessory maker’s Blast Baseball iPhone-connected swing analyzer sensor.
The accessory will first be allowed for use in training for teams, but it will make its first in-game appearance as the official sensor tech for MLB during the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 10. MLB also plans to let television broadcasts tap into the data gathered by the sensor:
As part of this agreement, Blast Baseball technology will be available for organizational developmental use by MLB® teams, featured at the 2016 SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game on July 10 (7pm ET on MLB Network and MLB.com), integrated into select television broadcasts, used by athletes at the USA Baseball Tournament of Stars in Cary, NC, and will soon be available for purchase via the official MLB.com/shop.
The Blast Motion system includes a Bluetooth sensor that attaches to the bottom of a bat and companion mobile apps available for iPhone (and other platforms). The apps include a Power Sensor Pro app that captures data from the swing analyzer sensor, and Power Sensor Coach and Admin apps that work alongside it for managing teams. Once it collects data on your swing, the app lets view various metrics and offers tips on how to improve your swing: “Smart Video Capture™ technology automatically analyzes and clips your video to create a series of video highlights synced with your metrics, allowing you or your coach to visually identify your strengths and areas for improvement.”
Blast Motion makes a number of similar products for other sports as well, including various motion capture, swing analysis, and 360-degree game improvement solutions. Other products include a jumpshot, layup, and dunk analyzer sensor for basketball, a Swing and Stroke sensor for golf, and an Athletic Performance jump and sprint sensor.