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Blast Softball - Android

Intro

Blast Softball, the industry’s most accurate swing analyzer. Simply attach the sensor to the knob of any bat and start swinging. Information is automatically captured and sent to your smart phone, or tablet.  In-app training videos provide you with tips, drills, and actionable insights to help you improve your swing. Blast’s patented Smart Video Capture™ technology automatically analyzes and clips your video to create a series of video highlights synced with your metrics, allowing you or your coach to visually identify your strengths and areas for improvement. Blast Softball33 will help you become a stronger, more efficient, and overall better hitter.

  • The Blast sensor easily and securely attaches to knob of nearly any regulation bat.
  • The sensor transmits metrics to your Android via Low Energy Bluetooth.
  • The swing metrics captured allow you to analyze and improving your time to contact, bat path angle, swing speed, and much more.
  • One-touch access to video highlights, metrics, and performance history – components of your personal Swing DNA™
  • In-app training videos provide you with tips, drills, and actionable insights to help you improve.
  • Smart Video Capture™ automatically analyzes and clips your video to create a series of video highlights synced with your metrics.
  • The app tracks your metrics and helps you identify trends.
  • The sensor stores your actions in offline mode when your mobile phone is out of range.

What’s in the Box

  • Blast Softball Sensor (Swing Analyzer)
  • Clear Softball Bat Attachment
  • Wireless Charger and Charger Cable
  • App Download (Free in App Store)

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The Basics

Sensor

 

The Blast precision motion sensor is extremely intelligent. The sensor will start to work after the activation is completed in the app. When the sensor is active it will flash.

 

Turning sensor on or off

The sensor doesn’t have an On/Off switch. The sensor automatically conserves power when it is not in use.

  • Standby Mode – occurs when the sensor is motionless for 30 seconds. The LED will start blinking again with a light touch.
  • Sleep Mode – occurs when the sensor is motionless for over one minute.
  • On Mode – to wake the sensor, hold the club with the sensor pointing to the ground for two seconds, and then point the sensor towards the sky. The LED will then resume blinking.

 

The flashing LED of the sensor

The sensor displays different colors to communicate different messages.

  • Green LED – The sensor is awake, charged and ready to capture a metric.
  • Red LED – The sensor battery is low and should be charged.
  • No LED – When sensor stops blinking it is in a standby mode or sleep mode.

 

            The three different modes of the sensor

 

The highly accurate advanced 3D motion capture sensor works in three different modes while it captures, analyzes and displays your actions.

 

  1. Offline Mode– The sensor has the intelligence to work without the app. Blast Sensor will remember the last connected bat. The Sensor will retain all your actions until connected back to your app to upload your metrics.
  2. Online Mode– The sensor is connected to the app and the metric are displayed in real-time.
  3. Video Mode– Using the Smart Video Capture feature allows you to record your action and create the video of your highlighted actions which are stored in the app.

 

 

App Overview

The Blast Softball consists of seven main parts. This section will provide insight into Profile, Menu, Progress, My Sensor, My Bats, Settings, and Help & Tips. The menu page consists of the following options:

 

  • Profile – Account password, profile and blast connect login.
  • Progress – The default page of the app.
  • My Sensors – Allows you to connect to the app.
  • My Bats – The list of connected devices and manual connections.
  • Settings – User features options.
  • Help & Tips – Additional support and information on the app.
  • Sign out – To log out.

 


Menu

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View Profile

View profile is a feature that allows the customer to update Bio, Account, and Blast Connect.

Bio

The Bio contains options to add a photo and update your profile information of First Name, Last Name, and Gender.

 

How to setup Bio

 

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the Menu.
  2. Tap on the View Profile
  3. The page opens to the Bio.
  4. Tap on the pencil icon in the top right of the screen.
  5. Enter your password and tap on “VERIFY” button.
  6. Select on the lines you want to edit and type the corresponding information.
  7. Click on the check mark in the top right of the screen.

 

How to update Bio picture

 

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the Menu.
  2. Tap on the View Profile
  3. The page opens to the Bio.
  4. Tap on the pencil icon in the top right of the screen.
  5. Enter your password and tap on “VERIFY” button.
  6. Tap on pencil icon next to the picture.
  7. Choose from the option of Camera, File, or Delete
    1. Camera – Take a picture.
    2. File – Choose from one of your stored pictures.
    3. Delete – Remove the current picture.
  8. Click on the check mark in the top right of the screen.

 

Account

The Account contains option to view E-mail (Username) and Password. Update options to add Phone number and Zip Code.

 

How to setup Account

 

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the Menu.
  2. Tap on the View Profile
  3. The page opens to the Bio and select on the Account.
  4. Tap on the pencil icon in the top right of the screen.
  5. Enter your password and tap on “VERIFY” button.
  6. Select on the lines you want to edit and type the corresponding information.
  7. Click on the check mark in the top right of the screen.

 

Blast Connect

 

The Blast Connect is a stand-alone tool that provides insights and empowers your daily drive to get better. If a subscription has been purchased for this service the user can log in here.

 

How to sign in to Blast Connect

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the Menu.
  2. Tap on the View Profile
  3. The page opens to the Bioand select on the Blast Connect.
  4. Select on the E-mail and Password line to add the corresponding information.
  5. Tap on the “Log in” button to process the information.

 

  • If you don’t have a Blast ConnectAccount, tap on the Learn More.

 

My Sensor

 

The sensor shows the available option to view current sensors and to add a new sensor.

 

How to connect sensor on Progress screen

 

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the Menu.
  2. Tap on the My Sensors
  3. Select on the “Connect” button on current.
  4. Shake the senor by facing the Blast logo towards the ground for two seconds, face the Blast logo towards the sky for two seconds, and repeat until it is connected.
  5. The listed sensor will now say “In Use” and connect will now say, “DISCONNECT” in the list.

 

How to add a sensor

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the Menu.
  2. Tap on the Sensors.
  3. Select on the Plus sign icon on the Top right of the screen.
  4. Scan the sensor using the screen circle to focus on the serial bar on the back of the sensor. If not able to scan continue to bottom of the screen to type in the Serial (Top & Bottom) number on the back of the sensor. Once complete hit done.
  5. Face the Blast logo towards the ground for two seconds, face the Blast logo towards the sky for two seconds, and repeat until it is activated.
  6. When completed, “Your sensor is connected” message will appear.

 

 

My Bats

 

The user creates a list of bats for the sensor. My Bats provides the detailed information for each bat to ensure the most accurate metric information is utilized. Necessary information needed to ensure accurate metric information is the Length and Weight of the bat.

 

How to add a bat

 

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the Menu.
  2. Tap on the My Bats.
  3. Select on the Plus sign icon on the top right of the screen.
  4. Tap on the corresponding lines to input the Bat Type, Bat Brand, Bat Model, Bat Nickname, Length, and Weight for each bat. Once the input line is touched a list of options can be scrolled through at the bottom of the page.

  • Not all bats are in the system. Please select the bat that is closest to your bat. The name of your bat can be added in the Nickname field.

 

  1. When complete, tap on the check mark on the top right of the screen.

 

How to switch bat

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the Menu.
  2. Tap on the My Bats.
  3. Select on the bat by tapping on the circle to the right of bat.

 

Settings

 

The Settings provides important options for making app changes from Metric Settings, and Sounds.

 

 Metric Settings

The metric at the top of the list below is your Key Metric. Your Key Metric will be displayed across all views. In the video replay view, only the four metrics at the top of the list will be available to view. All metrics are available for viewing within the Metrics and Swing Detail view. Metric Setting allows you to select the viewing options of the metrics from the viewing order.

 

 How to arrange metrics

 

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the Menu.
  2. Tap on the Setting.
  3. Tap on Metric Settings.
  4. Tap and hold to drag the metric that you want to re-order

 

  • Key Metric is at the top of the list. Top four will be available for video replay.

 

How to view metric information

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the Menu.
  2. Tap on the Setting
  3. Tap on Metric Settings.
  4. Tap on the circle I icon next to the metrics.

 

  • Must have a data connection to access information and videos.

 

 

Help & Tips

The Help section provides additional tools and resources to enhance familiarization with the app. The Help & Tips contains User Guide, App Overview, FAQs, Tech Support, Call Help Desk, Legal, and About.

 

Tool Tips

This is a general guide for update of the app.

How It Works (User Guide)

Provides links to The Basics, Progress, Menu, Training Center, Smart Video Capture, Dashboard, and Video Library.

  • The Basics: Detailed guide about getting started.
  • Progress: Detailed guide of the home screen.
  • Menu: Detailed guide about the feature option of the menu.
  • Training Center: Detailed guide to learn about metrics.
  • Smart Video Capture: Detailed guide of how to capture video.
  • Dashboard: Detailed guide of how to view metrics.
  • Video Library: Detailed guide about metrics, and videos.

 

Tips

The tips are links to detailed pointers for an enhanced user experience.

 

FAQs

Provides questions and answers to most common questions.

 

Metric Definitions

Metric Definition is an index of the metric meaning.

 

Tech Support

The links to Open Support Ticket, Call Help Desk, Reset Sensor, Clear and Reset Sensor, and Support Website are visible.

 

Legal

Provides information on Regulatory, Privacy Policy, and Terms of Use.

 

About

About is the copyright information about the Blast Softball.

 

Sign out

Logging out of the app closes out access to your profile. Tap the Logout button. Menu > Logout


Progress

The Progress operates as the home screen for the app with shortcuts to connect the sensor and bats. On the top of the page, the graph metrics are shown. The app filters for the graph metrics by bat or day, week, month, year, and all-time. Below the graph, the number of swings and videos of the current metric are shown.

 

How to connect sensor using Progress shortcut

 

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the gray sensor icon on the top right.
  2. Select on the current sensor.
  3. After tapping on the icon, a line will circle around the logo while processing.
  4. Once connected the logo will show blue.

 

How to change bat using Dashboard shortcut

  1. From the Progress screen tap on the blue sensor icon on the top right.
  2. Tap on Bats, and select on a bat from the list.
  3. After tapping on a bat a check mark will show a check mark.

 

How to have access to locked metrics (Sign up for Blast Connect)

  1. From the Progress screen swipe, right or left to view a locked metric (Body Rotation, Vertical Bat Angle, or On Plane).
  2. Tap the Lock icon on the top left of the graphs.
  3. The Blast Connect Required message will show. Tap on Learn More.
  4. Internet page will pull up and choose your sport (Baseball).
  5. On the next page select on Learn more under Athlete.
    1. If a coach, select on Learn more under coach
  6. Tap on the 30-Day Free Trail button and complete the sign up.

 

 

The bottom bar of the screen has five icons of Progress, Training Center, Video, Dashboard, and Video Library.

  • Progress – (Bat icon) is the return button back to overview metrics.
  • Training Center – (Clip board) provides training drills, pro tips, and metrics.
  • Video – (Video icon) used to capture swings actions.
  • Dashboard – (Boxes icon) top metrics from last action.
  • Video Library – (Counter clockwise icon) view of metric video library.

 


Training Center

The Training Center helps you learn more about the metrics, watch videos, and gain actionable training insights on improving your swing. Training Drills, Pro Tips and Metrics are the main components of the Training Center.

 

The Training Drills are guided training tools to improve the overall swing. The drills are broken up into three different categories: speed, control, and power. The default page of the training drills is selected to speed, but the user may switch to control or power. Once this is done, select on the video drill you want to complete. There are two types of drills:

 

  • Standard Drills
  • Interactive Drills

 

How to do a Standard Drill

 

  1. From the Progress screen tap on Training Center
  2. Tap on training Drills.
  3. Select on a drill that has a standard drill icon.
  4. The video will play and a quick summary of the drill will be displayed below the video.

 

How to complete an Interactive Drill

  1. From the Progress screen tap on Training Center
  2. Tap on training Drills.
  3. Select on a drill that has an Interactive drill icon.
  4. The video will play and a quick summary of the drill will be displayed below the video.

 

  • Clipboard icon on the top right of screen shows the layout of the drill that will be seen.

  1. When ready to start the Drill tap “Start Drill Now” button.
  2. The app will ask you to choose your skill level:
  • Little League
  • Senior League
  • High School
  • College/Pro
  1. The appropriate drill page will initiate and the drill will start.
  2. When you have completed your swings, tap on the “Finish Drill” button to get the report.

 

 

  • Bats: Shows how many swings have been taken out of the suggested twenty swings.
  • Stopwatch: A timer of how long the drill has lasted.
  • Metric: The readout of the last swing.
  • Metric Circle Graph: The bar view of where the last swing ranges in blue.
  • Metric Circle Graph Goal: The green portion of the bar representing the goal range.
  • Metric Goal: The skill level goal will show at the bottom of the metric circle.
  • Sound: Every contact swing will give audio feedback sound for when you miss or make the select goal. Also, a feedback sound for when you hit twenty swings.

How do you get a progress report

 

The report provides a quick summary of your performance after completing an interactive drill. It displays the number of swings, the swings in your goal range, the duration of the drill and an interactive graph showing all the swings. Below the graph will provide the high, average, and low metrics of the drill. To zoom in, you can pinch the graph to view metrics and tap on the circle to metrics. At the bottom of the page, additional drill recommendations will be provided.


Note: Metrics captured by swings in Interactive Drills will not be combined with your overall sensor metrics.

 

 

 

Pro Tips

The Pro Tips for improving overall performance. Here you can select on the video drill you want to complete. If a standard drill is selected, the video will play and a quick summary of the drill will be displayed below the video.

 

 

Metrics

 

The Metrics provides the metric definitions and explanations. Select on definitions to see video options. The metrics are:

  • Bat Path (score)
  • Bat Path
  • Bat RPM
  • Bat Whip
  • Blast Factor
  • Efficiency Index
  • Energy Transfer
  • Peak Speed
  • Peak Speed Pre-impact
  • Power Index
  • Swing Speed
  • Time to Contact
  • Weight

 

Each metric is broken down into three videos. The videos explain what the metric is, why the metric is important, and what your metric should be. To view the video on your device you must have a data connection.

 


Smart Video Capture

The Smart Video Capture feature allows you to record, play, and share video of your swings along with the metrics. Blast Softball automatically trims and assigns the video to the appropriate event, which creates the fun highlight video. Thus, the app allows you to take a video and will create a separate highlight video from each swing.  The videos can be found in sessions. To view the videos, tap the play icon. The replay of the video shows the buildup of metrics during the video. When viewing videos, you have the option to hide metrics.  You can also share your clips with others without metrics showing. To share videos, tap the share button and select how you would like to share (Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, Messages, and Email are supported for video sharing).

 

Video Tutorial Screen

 

  • Adaptive Slow Mo (on supported devices: Samsung Galaxy S7, Nexus 6P, Pixel and Pixel XL)
  • Share Data / Video
  • Frame-by-Frame Video Advance
  • Frame-by-Frame Video Rewind
  • Play
  • Video Length Countdown
  • Video Length Remaining
  • Current Timeline Marker
  • Impact
  • Menu – metrics view options, set impact to current frame, and Slo-Mo
  • Key Metrics

 

How to video an action

 

  1. From the Progress screen select on the Smart Video Capture.
  2. Tap the red record icon to start recording.
  3. Aim camera in the position you want to capture.
  4. When swings are completed, tap on the red stop button.

 

How to share a video

  1. From the Progress screen select on Video Library.
  2. Tap on selected video to open.
  3. Tap on the share icon.
  4. The video generates to export.
  5. Once complete share the video using available options.

 

How to turn adaptive slow mo (on supported devices)

  1. From the Progress screen select on Video Library.
  2. Tap on selected video to open.
  3. Tap on the menu icon.
  4. Select on Slo-Mo.

 

How to change metric or hide metrics on video

  1. From the Progress screen select on Video Library.
  2. Tap on selected video to open.
  3. Tap on the
  4. Select on Hide Metrics or 4-Up, 3-Up, 2-Up, 1-Up.

 


Dashboard

The Dashboard screen gives viewing options of the metrics. The Dashboard shows the last metric. You can swipe from right to left to view older actions and left to right to go back. Dashboard screen is also used to set the viewing option for all the metrics. The metrics can be viewed between 1 up – 6 up with option to scroll down to see more metrics. Next to the menu option, you can select the metric view options, which will also show the top selected metrics.

 

How to change view

  1. From the Progress screen select on Dashboard.
  2. Tap on options icon on top right of screen.
  3. Select on 1-Up, 2-Up, 3-Up, 4-Up, 5-Up, or 6-Up
  4. Change will show immediately on the screen.

How to turn on Smart Feedback

 

Smart Feedback: Get audible voice announcements of your metrics while you practice so you can keep your eye on the ball, not your phone.  In Dashboard mode, tap the options in the upper right and tap Smart Feedback to enable/disable this feature.

 

  1. From the Progress screen select on Dashboard.
  2. Tap on options icon on top right of screen.
  3. Turn on Smart Feedback by tapping and showing check mark.
  • Select on Smart Feedback again to turn off.

 

How to turn on Swing Chime

  1. From the Progress screen select on Dashboard.
  2. Tap on options icon on top right of screen.
  3. Turn on Swing Chime by tapping and showing check mark.
  • Select on Swing Chime again to turn off.

How to tag a swing

  1. From the Progress screen select on Dashboard.
  2. Tap on Tag icon on top center of screen.
  3. Select from the following options: Tag Swing, Tag Swing as Best, and Untag Swing.
  4. Select on tag option.
  • Selecting on Tag Swing will show the Tag icon in blue.
  • Selecting on Tag Swing as best will show a green circle with a star.

 

How to delete multiple swings

 

  1. From the Progress screen, select on Dashboard.
  2. Select on Day, Week, Month, and Year filter.
  3. Tap and hold on the selected video.
  4. A blue check mark will show in front of the video.
  • Tap on the dotted square box to delete multiple videos from filter option selected.
  1. Tap on the garbage icon to delete.
  2. Tap on Ok to “Are you sure you want to delete this swing?”

 


Video Library

The Video Library shows a series of videos together. The library can be viewed by day, week, month, or year. The videos can also be filtered by All Videos, On My Device, and Blast Connect. You can also take another video using the Smart Video Capture button on the bottom center.

 

 

How to view a video

 

  1. From the Progress screen select on Video Library.
  2. Tap on video.

How to view filter video options

  1. From the Progress screen, select on Video Library.
  2. Select on Day, Week, Month, and Year filter.
  3. Tap on the filter icon in the top right.
  4. Select on the options to view (All Videos, On My Device, and Blast Connect).

 

How to delete a video or multiple videos

 

  1. From the Progress screen, select on Video Library.
  2. Select on Day, Week, Month, and Year filter.
  3. Tap and hold on the selected video.
  4. A blue check mark will show in front of the video.
  • Tap on the dotted square box to delete multiple videos from filter option selected.
  1. Tap on the garbage icon to delete.
  2. Tap on Ok to “Are you sure you want to delete this swing?”