Virtual Batting Cage

Alex Fast, Grant Henry , Katie Takacs

Do you think you can get a hit off of a Major League Pitcher?


Grant Henry, Katie Takacs and I have designed a virtual batting cage where you can attempt to get a hit off of a Major League pitcher. Not only can you face off against five professional pitchers you can physically feel what it's like to get a hit as the bat has been equipped with a vibrating motor sensor. Users will also be wearing a batting helmet to help them toggle between pitchers should one prove too difficult. After all, it won't be easy as the pitchers will throw everything in their 2016 arsenal. We've taken all of the statistics available to us to map each pitch including it's movement along the X axis and it's average MPH. Not too familiar with the game of baseball? We've included an easy and hard mode – that can be toggled between with the interactive FSR-equipped home plate, to introduce you to the fundamentals of the sport. Regarding space and equipment request: we would need an area roughly the size of that featured in the video (a corner of a room would be ideal) and aside from the equipment we provide – a bat, the grass batting box w/ homeplate, the helmet – we would just need a projector.


Introduction to Physical Computing ITPG-GT.2301.003, Introduction to Computational Media ITPG-GT.2233.003, Intro to Fabrication