Batter up! A new baseball season has begun; and like any good techno blog, let's take a look at some newer technology now combined with America's favorite pasttime, baseball! Let me introduce you to Fieldf/x. However, I warn you, if you don't like data, you'll hate Fieldf/x from Sportvision.
Imagine object recognition system software which interacts with multiple cameras placed around a baseball diamond. The cameras in conjunction with the software record each players movement, and the ball as it leaves the bat (i.e. via a hit). This information is then fed into a database which then can over time determine the probablity that a given player will make a given play. Pretty cool!
Some of the data recorded includes: a fielder’s reaction time, his path the ball, the baserunner’s speed, or the arc of a fly ball.