Zepp’s Mike Trout Old Hickory Smart Bat Comes With Built-In Swing Sensors

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It may look like a regular baseball bat and, for the most part, the Zepp Mike Trout Old Hickory Smart Bat is. In fact, it’s regular enough that amateur leagues like Perfect USA and Ripken Baseball have approved the bat for in-game use. Unlike regular bats, though, you can use it to monitor and track every single one of your swings.

That’s because this new baseball bat comes with integrated activity sensors that allows it to track your swing's mechanics, speed, attack angles, and other significant stats, allowing you (and your coaches) to get an accurate read on which areas you need to put more work on. It functions much like Zepp’s existing baseball sensors, albeit with the hardware now integrated into the bat, making the whole thing feel much more natural.

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The Zepp Mike Trout Old Hickory Smart Bat hides the tracking hardware inside a 31 x 28 mm cavity in the knob of the bat, so the whole thing sits completely out of the way during play. The same discreet design ensures it causes no distractions for any player in the field – a big reason why it’s been approved during competitive play. It’s removable, too, so you can take it out for any reason whatsoever, although the battery can be charged whether the sensor is in or out of its slot.

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No pricing has been announced for the Zepp Mike Trout Old Hickory Smart Bat, although it’s slated for availability in June.

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One Response

  1. Bart

    This would work best with a pitching machine where you can have the pitches come in pretty much the same. This way the only thing different would be your batting, and then you can track it more accurately. You can use this with a regular pitcher too, but it seems like the variables involved with a regular pitcher could taint your stats. It will track your bat speed though regardless of how the ball is pitched.

    I think the smart bat is a greta idea, but if I was a coach I’d be concerned about my players simply trying to get the fastest swing possible without regarding other critical components of play.

    I read an article the other day that showed a couple of Major League teams using this including the San Diego Padres. If it helps my Padres then I am totally down for this product.

    The Zepp Mike Trout Old Hickory Smart Bat is looking great for a first generation tech product. I can’t wait to see what they implement in the future. Maybe a smart bat and a smart ball talking to each other?

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