Case Study: StumpEye - Democratizing Cricket Video Analysis with Wireless Technology

Case Study: StumpEye - Democratizing Cricket Video Analysis with Wireless Technology

The 'Next In 2.0' hackathon, a collaboration between the International Cricket Council (ICC) and its official fintech infrastructure collaborator, NIUM, powered by Hack2skill marks a pivotal moment in cricket's history. Bringing together global innovators, this event aimed to revolutionize the sport through cutting-edge technologies like AI/ML, Fintech, AR/VR, and more.

Cricket, a sport followed passionately worldwide, often faces limitations at the grassroots level. Traditional wired stump camera systems used in professional matches are expensive and impractical for local clubs, academies, and individual players. This lack of access to video analysis hinders player development and hinders the overall growth of the sport.

Introducing StumpEye: A Game-Changer for All Levels of Cricket

StumpEye, a solution by a bootstrapped startup, addresses this gap by offering an affordable and accessible wireless stump camera system. Designed with user-friendliness and affordability in mind, StumpEye aims to revolutionize cricket analysis for a wider audience.

Key Features:

  • Wireless Technology: StumpEye eliminates the need for complex wiring setups, making it easy to deploy at any location.

  • Modular Design: The modular stumps allow for convenient camera charging and integration with power banks for extended recording times.

  • Advanced App Functionality: The user-friendly app facilitates seamless camera control, video playback controls (including zoom and slow motion), and video download for further analysis.

  • Decision Review System (DRS): StumpEye integrates a DRS, empowering umpires at club and lower league levels to make well-informed decisions, mirroring features from professional matches.

  • Machine Learning Algorithms: The DRS utilizes machine learning algorithms to assist with critical decisions, particularly LBW judgments.

  • Wide-Angle Video Capture: A 165-degree HD camera captures a comprehensive view of the wicket, providing valuable insights for players, coaches, teams, and umpires.

Tech Stack:

  • Hardware:

    • Modular Stumps with integrated camera housing

    • Wireless Camera

    • Power Bank

  • Software:

    • Mobile App (React Native) for camera control, video playback, and download functionality

    • Web App for content management and future features (optional)

    • Machine Learning algorithms integrated into the mobile app for DRS analysis ( using cloud-based services like TensorFlow or PyTorch)

Benefits for all Cricket Enthusiasts:

  • Players: Analyze individual performance and identify areas for improvement, even without a coach's guidance.

  • Coaches: Gain detailed insights into bowling techniques, ball landing, shot selection, footwork, and running patterns of players.

  • Teams: Scrutinize team and opponent performance to develop winning strategies.

  • Parents: Review their children's backyard cricket games and facilitate improvement. StumpEye facilitates sharing videos with off-site coaches for additional guidance, especially beneficial in regions with limited cricket infrastructure.

  • Umpires: Review decisions in real-time using rewind, zoom, and slow-motion features. The DRS integration provides further support for crucial calls.

Impact and Future Aspirations:

StumpEye has the potential to significantly impact cricket at all levels by:

  • Promoting Accessibility: Affordable wireless technology allows for wider adoption of video analysis at the grassroots level.

  • Enhanced Player Development: Players gain access to valuable insights that accelerate their learning and improve their performance.

  • Empowering Coaches: Detailed data empowers coaches to create personalized training programs.

  • Improved Decision-Making: Umpires benefit from features like DRS for more accurate decision-making.

  • Connecting with Global Coaches: The future vision includes integrating a platform to connect parent coaches with off-site coaches worldwide.