Ariella Brown

Sports Data Like You’ve Never Seen Before

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magneticnorth
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magneticnorth   4/28/2016 2:31:45 PM
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Smart skis and snowboards exist! www.digitaltrends.com/wearables/best-smart-ski-and-snowboard-gear/

"...it might be time to upgrade your gear. These days anything without a sensor is considered pretty dumb, however.

"Modern skis can now track descents and helmets can record high-definition video, and with the right set of goggles, you can turn your descent into a game that only benefits from light-up bindings."

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Maryam@Impact   4/28/2016 1:10:29 PM
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While analytical decisions would be more objective we would miss all the color of those exchanges between players and umpires and referees--they are sometimes the most memorable parts of the game!

 

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Ariella   4/27/2016 7:49:13 PM
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@Lyndon_Henry Intel was one of the sponsors of the event, so I imagine that accepting the sensor was required.  As for prefitting, I'm sure that is possible, though it is likely less economical. From what I've seen the sensor costs just $10 a piece. The additional cost of a specially made board that includes it would likely be higher. Also, as Intel anticipates the sensors to become even smaller and lighter, it may not make sense for the equipment to be built around the current model. 

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Broadway   4/27/2016 7:31:18 PM
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Ariella, thanks for tracking that down --- very interesting and not entirely surprising as the nba is probably one of the, if not the, most sophisticated of the major leagues.

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Broadway   4/27/2016 7:31:18 PM
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Ariella, thanks for tracking that down --- very interesting and not entirely surprising as the nba is probably one of the, if not the, most sophisticated of the major leagues.

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kq4ym   4/27/2016 8:49:56 AM
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Yes, it may be that sensors may well become mandatory at some future date not only for safety and health issues but for the entertainment value possible for sports audiences. But I'm not sure "a new level of detail about the sport and the athletes," is necessarily a good thing in the long run, as we try more and more just to get audiences for more and more sports on TV and the internet.

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Lyndon_Henry   4/27/2016 7:28:43 AM
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..

Ariella writes in her blog post


This year's X Games in Aspen made digital history. Thanks to a partnership between, the competitors' movements were captured in a way never before possible. It's all made possible by the Intel Curie Module.

These sensors give feedback in real time. The advantage for the players is more information about their own performance, which, in combination with other data, can help identify what they need to do to get better results. ...

Compact enough to fit in the middle of the snowboard, the module is about the size of a roll of tape. Within that space is the sensor, as well as a GPS, compass, and barometer. That module not only takes a read on motion, like speed, direction, and spin, but also precise location and height.


 

I wonder how much snowboards, skis, etc. need to be modified to accommodate the sensors. Usually sports competitors are pretty possessive and protective about their personal equipment. Did the players agree to having the sensors installed, or was this a requirement for participation in the games (or both)?

I can see the benefit for all concerned, and the potential for expanding this technology to other sports. It does make me wonder however whether using equipment pre-fitted with such sensors will become a requirement, and whether the cost will ultimately be passed along to the players...

 

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Ariella   4/26/2016 9:04:40 PM
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@Broadway Actually, that issue has already come up. I looked up unionized NBA referees and found this: http://www.nba.com/2015/news/08/13/nba-referees-collective-bargaining-agreement.ap/

"The deal also comes at a time when NBA referees are under greater scrutiny than ever before, with the league instituting more and more instant replay in an effort to ensure the calls made during a game are correct.

"Recent efforts including state-of-the-art development and training programs, improved use of instant replay through the NBA Replay Center and unprecedented transparency concerning call accuracy have been instrumental in strengthening the game," Silver said. "We commend our officials for embracing these technological innovations and thank them for the high level of professionalism with which they perform their jobs."

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Ariella   4/26/2016 9:02:21 PM
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@PC That would be the ultimate objective call.

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Broadway   4/26/2016 6:06:44 PM
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You'd have a lot of angry referee unions coming after you for your robo refs idea! But imagine the purity of the game!

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