Technology in Sports and its future

Updated: Dec 1, 2020



















Technology is playing a key role in improving multiple aspects of sports. Here is a quick view on some of the impact areas


1. Improving Viewing & On-Screen Experience- Live technology


Hawk Eye

Used in Cricket, Tennis, Football -




Ball tracking technologies using multiple cameras




Snickometer


Used in Cricket


Uses Oscilloscope to track & calculate the frequency, distortions and wavelength of sound waves





Hot Spot


Used in Cricket




Uses infrared imaging system





VAR (Video Assistant Referee)



VAR is being used in Football and has helped in reducing the referee errors related to Goals, Penalties, Red Card decisions and Mistaken identity




Goal Line Technology


Used in Football



It uses a set of high speed cameras focused on the goal to determine the exact location of the football using coordinates




2. Performance Improvement & Analytics


SOFTWARE

Elo Score




The Elo rating system is a method for calculating the relative skill levels of players in zero sum games such as chess. Many sports now use this framework




Sabermetrics


uses statistical analysis to analyze baseball records and make determinations about player performance. (ref: Moneyball Movie)




HARDWARE

Spektacom




Started by Anil Kumble in partnership with Microsoft. Creates IOT enabled bats which records the key parameters of a player’s performance for live and post match







Adidas miCoach Smart Football


Adidas, has developed IoT powered smart football for German national football team. The IoT sensor has the ability to detect speed, spin, strike and flight path. The app users can see the diagnostics via the smart app.



Wilson’s X Connected


Wilson Sporting Goods developed a smart basketball which has functionality similar to Adidas’ smart soccer ball.




3. Training Support & Tracking- AI Coach, Content, Journals


Strava





Social network for runners & cyclists. Connects to all wearables







Runkeeper




Run Tracking & Personal record keeping. Connects to all wearables.







Nike Training Club


Digital workouts for Athletes. Also allows logging in nutrition etc.




CureFit



All in one Health & Fitness platform. Digital

Workouts, Nutritionists & Mental wellness.




4. Talent Scouting- Help identify talent from grassroots


Cricheroes





Score keeping & tracking of local matches. Community based approach at grassroot level.









5. Fantasy Sport leagues & e-Sports


Dream 11





Fantasy leagues to simulate actual game






PUBG




Multi-player Internet based gaming





Online Poker



Poker has been made legal in India. Online Poker becoming very popular.





6. Fan insights and Engagement


Fan Insights


Will help drive better business decisions around sponsorship, fan engagement and media rights. By leveraging the unique insights gathered of fans around the globe, sports properties, including sports leagues and teams, will be able to better understand how to grow and engage with their fan bases, expand into new markets, evaluate media rights, and secure partnerships with sponsors.


Fan Engagement



In-stadia - Wi-fi access, App access, smart stadiums

Home - Live-game interaction, Virtual & Augmented reality, tunnel cams, player interactions





7. Wearable devices for Athletes


Wearable Devices (Monitors, Clothing, Sensors)

  • Devices help teams, coaches, associations collect massive amounts of data such as an athlete’s heart rate, glucose level, breathing, gait, strain, or fatigue.

  • Which in turn can be used to monitor and improve performance

Catapult


Founded in Australia, is one of the biggest suppliers of Athletics tracking tech in sports. Catapult's GPS performance tracking system monitors every aspect of players providing accurate information and insights





Smartlife


Textile smart sensors that integrate in cutting edge smart garments. Sensors capture signals real-time from body and transmit information to smart devices for analysis





Challenges of Technology in Sports


For Athletes