Sports Sensors Baseball Glove Radar

The Sport Sensors Glove Radar is a small inexpensive Doppler radar velocity sensor which attaches to a baseball or softball glove to measure the speed of the ball just before it is caught. It is easily attached to, and removed from virtually any ball glove. The clever design of this sport radar gun results in a small, versatile, low-cost device, affordable for youth and senior level teams and individual players.

The purpose of Sport Sensor Glove Radar is to assist in developing players' throwing capabilities by providing a measure of velocity improvement which results from using proper throwing techniques. By learning the proper way to condition, train, warm-up, and throw, players can achieve their best accuracy and velocity performance, while reducing the risks of injury to their arm and body. The SportSensor Glove Radar can aid any player - infielders and outfielders, as well as pitchers and catchers, throwing from any distance. Professional and amateur players can use the Glove Radar when warming-up. Young ballplayers will benefit from velocity information when tossing or training, and will have fun using it.

When worn by the receiver of the ball, or by multiple tossing partners in non-game situations, the Glove Radar responds to the approaching ball just before it reaches the glove. Thus, unlike most "radar speed guns", a long range capability is not required. Powered by a single cell lithium battery, the Glove Radar transmission level is well below that of most "wireless" consumer products such as cellular and portable telephones, for example. Transmission characteristics are well within FCC requirements and prescribed safety levels. The Sport Sensors GloveRadar is microprocessor controlled, like a mini-computer, and indicates calculated miles-per-hour ball speed on a liquid crystal display (LCD). Subsequent international models will display appropriate units of measure.

The Glove Radar is packaged in a rugged plastic housing assembly, sealed to protect the internal electronics from dust, dirt and moisture which can be encountered during normal use. However, the unit is not hermetically sealed and is not intended to be immersed in water.

Two screws hold the cover in place, which can be removed to replace the internal battery. A strong, weather-resistant nylon cord, facilitates attachment to virtually any ball glove. (Attachment details are discussed on the Glove Attachment page.) A rubber pad, molded onto the housing surface adjacent to the glove, absorbs impact "shock" forces from the ball being caught.

The internal electronics are in "sleep" mode until activated by depressing the push-button "on" switch. This action applies electrical power from the battery to the radar transmitter. The liquid crystal MPH display will indicate the last velocity reading. Depressing the push-button again will cause the display to show a flashing "00", indicating that the Glove Radar is transmitting. Upon receipt of a velocity signal produced by a ball about to be caught in the glove, the ball speed is calculated and shown on the display in miles-per-hour. Receipt of a velocity signal turns off the radar transmitter until the "on" switch is depressed. If a velocity signal is not received within 20 seconds after depression of the push-button "on" switch, electrical power is automatically removed from the radar transmitter until the switch button is again depressed. Limiting the "on" time of the radar transmitter conserves battery power in order to maximize battery life. The last velocity reading continues to be displayed. However, the Glove Radar goes into the sleep mode after an inactivity period of about a minute.


RATING
93 /100
  • Design

    Excellent

  • Performance

    Excellent

  • Value for money

    Excellent

  • Feature

    Excellent

Specifications for Sports Radar Baseball Glove Radar:

Size: Triangular shape, 2 1/2" Wide; 3 1/2" Long; 1 3/16" Thick
Weight: 3 oz.
Attachment: 40 inch, 1/8" dia. weather-resistant, durable nylon cord
Display Type: 2 1/2 Segment LCD
Speed Units: Miles-Per-Hour (MPH)
Speed Range: 20-120 MPH
Accuracy: Within 1 MPH of typical sports radar speed guns located at comparable receiving positions
Battery: 3 Volt, 160 mAh, Lithium CR-1/3N, DL-1/3N, 2L76BP
Battery Operating Life: Over 30 hours of continuous use; over 5000 transmission cycles (5000 speed measurements)
Operating Temperature: 40-110 degrees F
Storage Temperature: 32-120 degrees F
Patent: U.S. Patent 5,864,061
Other Information: FCC Tests Passed
Grant of Equipment: Authorization Certification was posted by the FCC on 04/06/1999.

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Amir - Add Reply

This is great for training with our 10 year old daughter. She's a softball pitcher and in 6 months of using, she's been able to see herself go from 29 to 39 MPH and close to 42. It's a great motivator for this age. Pros: easy to use, reasonably priced, quite accurate

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Roman - Add Reply

I have loaned my glove with the radar attached to it to others to try out and several have asked where they could purchase a unit. Tested it against a $1200 gun and it was within +/- 1 mph as advertised. Very happy with it!! Pros: Easy to use, dependable. Cons: Can lose track if ball very far from strike zone

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Garret - Add Reply

Have had the glove radar for 2 seasons and found that it's relatively accurate and excellent to gauge consistency and speed differences in various pitches. I've used it on both fielder's and catcher's gloves. It's extremely simple to use and so light that you almost don't notice it on the glove. Price is reasonable and it has the advantage of not needing an extra person to run a radar pistol. Pros: Small, simple, inexpensive, convenient Cons: Occassional erratic readings

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Derek - Add Reply

I was skeptical at first, but this is a great product. I get comperable readings to more expensive, traditional, handheld radar guns (after adding a few mph for the drag/distance factor). You will get an occasional outliar reading caused by large glove movements, but in most cases, if the pitch is reasonably accurate to your glove, the readings are right on !!!! Pros: Easy to use, works great, priced right, accurate Cons: Lots of glove movement can give an inaccurate reading

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Fredrick - Add Reply

This is a great product. It is easy to set up and use. If I would have had one growing up my brothers and I would have thrown our arms out trying to get 1 more MPH. The only downside is that it goes with the glove and I'm left handed so no one else around can pick it up and use it right away. Pros: Easy to use Cons: Goes with the glove

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