Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Baseball Tracker

PostedJuly 17, 2011

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Randy Atkins: A technology called PITCHf/x, for example, uses multiple video cameras to follow the physics of the ball from the pitcher’s hand through the crack of the bat. It’s great for baseball enthusiast Alan Nathan, also a University of Illinois physics professor.

Alan Nathan: These cameras are recording every pitch in every game in major league baseball, in 1/60th of a second intervals from when the ball is released to when it crosses home plate.

Randy Atkins: The system is engineered to instantly provide television viewers with graphics on pitch location and speed, and Nathan says coaches can get details about the physical mechanics of player performance.

Alan Nathan: You end up with a distinct advantage for player development purposes, for scouting purposes.

Randy Atkins: Complementary systems are zeroing in on batters and even following motions on the entire field. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.