Biometric Shirt Measures Baseball Pitchers' Activities



Injuries to baseball players cost that industry millions of dollars every year. Northeastern University engineering students Marcus Moche, Alexandra Morgan and David Schmidt designed a shirt that measures the physical performance of pitchers. They think that their project could be used by coaches in the dugout to monitor the players' fatigue and strain, informing them when pitchers are close to injuring themselves:

"No single device for measuring the quality of pitching mechanics currently exists, so we have proposed a shirt that is lightweight and can be worn during bullpen sessions or exhibition games,” said Moche. “The shirt can be used to show when a player becomes fatigued and his mechanics worsen, through a display of real-time information on a monitor in the dugout."

Pitchers become more susceptible to injury when they lose consistency in their mechanics—the physics of how they throw the baseball, pitch after pitch.


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