Business ExpandingRapsodo, a Singaporean sports-tech company, establishes a Japanese subsidiary in Kanagawa
Jan 06, 2023
Rapsodo is a Singapore-based sports tech company. Established in 2011, the company has operations in the United States and Turkey, and employs about 140 people worldwide.
- Yokohama city , Kanagawa
The company develops and manufactures the Rapsodo, a 3D tracking system that uses computer vision and sophisticated radar to measure and analyze hitting and pitching data of baseball and softball, such as velocity, spin rate, inclination of axis, and amount of change.
Since a wide range of data can be acquired in real time, ranging from basic data such as pitch velocity to detailed data such as spin information, and release timing and angles, the company is developing products and services that maximize the potential of each player through comprehensive data analysis by visualizing the elements of hitting and pitching, which until now have only been sensory.
In addition to the current practice-specific measurement and analysis devices, the company is also conducting demonstration testing of "Rapsodo Stadium," a ballpark installation-type device, in the Japan Winter League, measuring pitches and hits during games and providing acquired data to participating players and scouts, thereby contributing to quantifying player performance.
Branch Manager of Japan office Mr.KEN SANDO
In addition to all 30 Major League Baseball (MLB) teams in the U.S. and more than 700 major colleges and baseball academies, the system has also been installed in Japan, by Japanese professional baseball (NPB) teams, amateur baseball teams, colleges, high schools, junior high schools, academies, sports gyms, medical institutions, and other organizations in Japan.
In the future, Rapsodo will expand the scope of its products to include other sports besides baseball, softball, and golf. As a manufacturer of ballistic measurement and analysis equipment, the company will promote the spread of efficient training based on data, not only for some athletes such as professionals and top amateurs, but also for all athletes who just "want to get better," to improve their performance, and to avoid injury. In collaboration with universities, it is also focusing on a project to train sports analysts who will help athletes and teams achieve their goals based on the collection and analysis of data.
In January 2021, the company established Rapsodo Japan KK in Yokohama City, Kanagawa Prefecture, to strengthen its customer support system and develop new customers in Japan.
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