20:39 01 June 2017
Players at the International Cricket Council (ICC) Champions Trophy will be using bats with sensors designed to help improve their performance. The tournament, which begins on Friday, will take place at The Oval in London, Edgbaston in Birmingham and Sophia Gardens in Cardiff.
The sensor for the bats, which is called Speculur BatSense, was designed by Speculur, a firm that specialises in smart wearables. It has Intel Curie module, a low-power system-on-a-chip (SOC) that produces data from every stroke. It can also track back-lift, bat speed and follow-through, among others.
The smart bat, which will be sold for $150, will become available later in the year in the United States, Australia, India, and the United Kingdom.
Speculur managing director Atul Srivastava said: “Speculur BatSense with Intel Inside has the potential to transform cricket across a varied audience from coaches to aspiring self-taught cricketers.”
“Coaches can use their insights and expertise along with the bat sensor data to make specific adjustments to a batsman’s technique, ultimately helping him perform better.”
Cricket fans who want to test their batting skills against a virtual bowler could give Intel’s virtual reality headset a try at the Oval and Edgbaston.
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