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 has patented infrared sensors and a camera built into the plate. 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.
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. There is even an option for the plate to indicate balls & strikes with red & green lights right on the plate.
Plate Vision was invented by two professors, 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 will retail for between $2,000 and $2,500 with a $100 annual subscription to the individual data. Revenue share opportunities may be available for coaches and leagues. The plate is scheduled for sale early summer 2019. Anyone interested in Plate Vision can learn more at www.platevision.net or directly to Todd Levitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.