Str8Bat Cricket Bat Sensor Review: Your Portable Personal Trainer

If you are someone who loves to play cricket, no matter if you are a beginner or a trained player, we always keep looking to improve our gameplay. Professional players have access to high-end equipment, cameras, and coaches who make use of the data to help improve their gameplay, all this is available at the dedicated training grounds and stadium. But while on the go, the lack of such data makes it difficult to analyze our performance. To solve this problem, there are some smart sensors available, to help you record similar data without all those high-end equipment. Today we will be reviewing one such sensor from Str8Bat, so without any further delay, let’s dive into the review.

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Who is behind the Str8Bat?

With its headquarters in Bengaluru, the Str8Bat was founded in 2017, by Mr. Gagan Daga, and Mr. Rahul Nagar is one of the world’s cricket bat sensors to help you collect data and improve your batting skills. Str8Bat has raised a total of $420K in funding over 3 rounds via Crunchbase, where Techstars SportsTech Melbourne and Techstars are the most recent investors. This sensor is all about – Instant, Visual & Actionable Insights.

Str8Bat Review: Box Contents

The Str8Bat comes with the following things included in the package:

  • The Str8Bat Sensor
  • 3x Bat Stickers to Apply the sensor
  • Charger
  • USB A to Micro USB Cable
  • Installation Guide Leaf
  • Manual
  • Carry Pouch

How to Setup Str8Bat Sensor on your Cricket Bat?

You can set up your newly purchased Str8Bat sensor to your cricket bat as follows:

1. Make sure the sensor is charged sufficiently, and swing the sensor in your hand to wake it up, it will start blinking in Green.

2. Place the Installation template around the neck of the bat, and match the shoulders of the bat with the template.

3. Paste one of the three bat stickers on the edge of the template as shown, it should be placed in the center of both the edges.

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4. Now, place the sensor on the sticker, in the correct position, and press firmly to make sure it is properly attached.

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5. Once, the sensor is placed correctly, launch the Str8Bat Cricket app (Android, iOS), on your phone, and make sure Bluetooth and location are enabled.

6. Click on Join Str8bat, and sign in to your account or create one, fill in your details.

7. Tap the Str8Bat sensor name to connect, and confirm registration.

8. Once connected, calibrate the magnetic sensor, by tapping it twice on the ground. When the light turns blue, swing the bat in different directions to calibrate. It will turn green, once calibrated successfully.

9. Now, complete the Pitch Calibration, by placing it along the pitch, and wait for the light to turn green. Then firmly double tap on the sensor, with a one-second gap. The Green light will flicker for three seconds and stay constant (any slight movement will fail the calibration). Alternatively, you can click the sync button from the app, if you are having a hard time getting the tap correct)

10. Now you are set to test your batting skills. Start a session, you can choose between a net practice or a match.

Str8Bat Review: Batting Data Analysis

Once the Str8Bat sensor is calibrated properly with your phone, you can record your batting performance data like swing speed, impact speed, timing efficiency, sweet spot index, bat lift angle, wagon wheel, and impact pitch map. All this is accessible in a 360 view, so you can analyze your shot in detail and work on stroke. The Str8bat sensor records the data of each ball played separately, with the hits and misses, allowing you to compare the shots in a split screen view, from every angle. All this data can be shared with any player or your coach on their email ID.

Str8Bat Review: Our Experience

The bundled charger didn’t impress us much, as the clip’s grip is not strong enough, we had to check if the Str8Bat sensor is charging correctly, every few minutes.

We tested the Str8bat sensor for indoor and outdoor use scenarios, in net practice and match mode. During our test, we noticed a slight delay in data syncing, and it failed to sync data if the bat was moved during the sync. We manually counted the number of balls hit and missed, the Str8Bat managed to capture the data correctly 8 out of 10 times, and once it split the data into two parts, with the accuracy rate between 85-90%. Since there are three stickers in the package, you can use one sensor to record the data from multiple players. As the sensor allows recording of the session with the player’s name. You need to take the sensor off from one bat and apply it to another player’s bat.

The one-year subscription plan included with the Str8Bat package gives you access to pre-recorded cricket coaching videos from the top coaches (like Greg Chappell, and Apurva Desaii), to help you refine your skills. After a year, you can continue your subscription for INR 99 per month or INR 1007 per year.

Str8Bat Review: Conclusion

The Str8Bat sensor is a great step for young and enthusiastic cricketers, willing to learn and hone their batting skills. The minute details captured by the sensor help to study those angles we often miss out on. The learning curve of the sensor might disappoint some, but the easy-to-use app UI makes up for it. With the hope to see a fix for those minor syncing issues, we faced in near future. The expert coaching sessions, and the ability to record data of multiple players, with unlimited cloud storage, at a price of INR 3000 (Buy on Amazon), make the Str8Bat sensor, score a good spot in our recommendation list.

With this, we conclude our review of the Str8Bat sensor. Do let us know, what you think of the Str8Bat sensor, and stay tuned for more such tech tips and reviews.

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