If you're a baseball fan, you know from watching it on TV or listening to a game on the radio that the announcers know how fast the pitcher is throwing. If he's really good, it'll be 90-plus mph.
For fans, that's fun to know. But it's more than fun for pitchers, whether they're pitching in a Major League Baseball game, in college or on a Little League field.
It's helpful to know how fast you're throwing each pitch, so you can get better, by giving yourself benchmarks. Today, you're throwing 50 mph, but tomorrow you're going to throw faster than that.
For most young kids and high schoolers, though, measuring the speed of each pitch is next to impossible. That is, unless you feel like dishing out a lot of money for a radar gun.
Fortunately, a company called Scoutee has developed a speed radar tool so you can see on your smartphone how fast you're throwing. (Scoutee is raising money on Kickstarter to continue develop it.) The radar is expected to hit store shelves next spring, for about $299.
Here's how it works. You hold a soap bar-sized radar in your hand, or hang it on the field between the pitcher's mound and home plate. It tracks the speed of the pitch, and sends it to you via Bluetooth technology to your smartphone. Scoutee has created apps for Android and iOS smartphones. Who knows, before you know it, Junior could be pitching for the MLB.