There's no crying in baseball, but pitchers who are looking to practice throwing that fast ball might strike out and shed one single tear of excitement when they check out this speed radar for their smartphones.
A Slovenia-based company called Scoutee recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for their smart radar device, which can turn any mobile device into a radar gun.
Scoutee measures the speed of the baseball using Doppler radar technology that the company says is as accurate as the best speed radars currently on the market within + / - 1 mph. Using the accompanying Scoutee app for iOS or Android, the user is able to see the measured pitching speed and other pitch parameters, including pitch type and location. Users can also capture video of the pitch to analyze the throw to share with friends on social networks, coaches to improve skills and scouts to get drafted.
The speed radar device is small enough to fit in the palm of the user's hand, but it can snap right on the back of a smartphone via a small magnetic sticker. Scoutee can also be hung to a fence or placed on a tripod for a hands-free experience.
Scoutee can be used when just throwing the baseball around with family members or friends, by coaches looking to help their pitchers improve and baseball players looking to make it into the major leagues. Pitching speed is still measured with expensive radar guns, so this device, the world's first smart speed radar, makes it more affordable and easily accessible for those looking to track their pitching speeds, technique and progress.
The smartphone radar gun has a range up to 130 feet and has a battery life that lasts up to six hours on a single charge.
In its Kickstarter campaign, Scoutee has a goal of raising $50,000 to get the prototype on the market.
Scoutee is expected to become available in April 2016 with a retail value of $299. Those who pledge now can get it for an early bird special for $149.