Justin Dodge is a senior at Western Oregon University and has a good handle on the best way to measure a batter's swing in baseball. HIs invention, the Team Wolf batting glove uses biometric technology to measure and record all the data points related to a batting swing.
It's enough to make a batting coach start dreaming of the perfect swing.
But Justin will be the first to tell you that he's also excited about the other applications for his biometric invention. Read on to learn more — and find out why he's inspired by Elon Musk.
1. What is your invention?
It is a biometric batting glove, it records all of the measurable data related to a batting swing.
2. Where did you get the inspiration for your invention idea?
I needed a project for a class that combined Exercise Science and Design. A couple of people found out what I was doing, and invited me to InventOR.
3. As you prepare to pitch your invention to judges, what are you most excited about sharing?
I'm excited to talk about the many uses for this glove — or a variation of it — that could be applied outside of baseball. The glove could be used in countless other sports, but also in the medical field helping Parkinson's patients.
4. Who are your invention heroes?
I hope this doesn't sound cheesy, but Elon Musk. The reason being is that he sees the bigger picture. He isn't in it just for the money, he truly wants to help humanity.
5. Tell us about your team. How did you connect with one another and how do you work together?
Currently, I am a team of one. I am on a drastic search for a software designer at the moment.
6. What is the most important thing you want the judges to understand about your invention — what will set you apart from the competition?
I am the only one in the competition doing anything with biometrics. I am also the only one in the competition that has an invention that can be used in a multitude of arenas.
To see the Team Wolf glove and 21 other amazing inventions, join us for the 2019 InventOR Collegiate Challenge at Portland State's Viking Pavilion on June 28.