LONDON: The inventor of the Hawk-Eye ball-tracking system is behind a new device he hopes will end the bitterness caused in club games by batsmen who refuse to ‘walk’.
Paul Hawkins has developed a sensor capable of detecting the slightest nick and hopes to make it available to amateur players at all levels.
The size of a small coin, the device an be fixed easily to a bat and linked to an app on the umpire’s smartphone.
Umpires then attach the smartphone to their coats and record each ball using the phone’s camera, giving them access to instant replays and, in the case of lbw (leg before wicket) appeals, showing where the ball had pitched and whether it would have hit the stumps.
Hawkins told Thursday’s Times he was close to making this system available for public use. Although the sensors cost #25 ($36, 32 euros) he hoped they could be sold more cheaply.