It is a real electronic home plate! Plate Vision can capture the exact same pitch data seen in the strike zone grid when watching a Major League Baseball game on TV. Plate Vision is a regulation sized home plate that calls balls and strikes and a whole lot more. All pitch information is captured by the sensors and camera in real time and transmitted to any connected wireless device and to the cloud for information sharing.
The home plate works in any type of light setting, whether it’s in direct sunlight or inside a training facility. The plate is the exact same size as every other standard home plate on the market and the strike zone can be adjusted based on the hitter’s height. It was built to withstand all of the outdoor elements, from rain, mud, or runners stepping or sliding on it.
Plate Vision is unobtrusive to the game; no radar guns are pointing at the hitter, no need to set up a fixed camera, laptop, etc. around the field or practice area – it’s all in the plate.
Baseball at all levels is facing a shortage of trained umpires and frustrations with inconsistent strike zones. Plate Vision is great for use in baseball or softball games, scrimmages, bullpen sessions, live batting practices, or even just in the backyard. Great whenever there is just not an umpire around.
Plate Vision can collect every pitch thrown in practice or a game. Every player, coach, parent or scout can access the data, track and analyze performance trends and monitor arm health, use and strength. Data can then be charted and monitored over time.
Plate Vision can be used to either assist or call balls and strikes in a game. Using the mobile application, every umpire, coach or parent can see, in real time, where the ball crosses the plate and where it lands in the strike zone grid, even if they aren’t at the game.
Plate Vision was invented by Dr. Christopher Davis and Dr. John Rzasa, at the University of Maryland at College Park. Several patents are currently in place on the technology.
The plate retails for $1,995 and there will be a per game charge of $20 per game for use as an umpire assistant or replacement. Revenue share opportunities may be available for leagues and field owners. The plate is scheduled for sale early spring 2020. Anyone interested in Plate Vision can learn more at www.plate-vision.com or directly to Todd Levitt at [email protected]
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