Sports has always been one of the world’s greatest unifiers– from the first-ever international Olympic Games in 1896 to the FIFA World Cup that keeps football fanatics on the edge of their seat. Today, sports are bridging a gap that was once unfathomable– that of technology.
The Use of Technology in Sports
If recent developments are anything to go by, then technology has brought precision and super-human judgement to a sporting world where every second counts.
As recently as 2019, during the much-lauded Cricket World Cup, top-tier Australian opener David Warner was the first to test out a sensor linked to cloud storage on his bat. The cricketer used the bat sensor to record figures such as maximum bat speed and backlift angles. These are critical data when being pitted against the likes of India’s Jasprit Bumrah, one of the world’s fastest bowlers. This data is then moved to cloud storage and used to better Warner’s performance.
An innovation like the bat sensor is a godsend for team coaches, who no longer need to rely on natural instinct to train players. World-renowned cricketing gear company, Kookaburra, partnered with StanceBeam to launch the bat sensor to a wider audience. Such groundbreaking technology only makes the game of cricket more passionate, competitive and augmented.
In football, too, the landscapes of competition have been quietly transformed by technology. Goal-line technology was the first to breach the fort, slipping into the game in a manner that was not so much disruptive as transformative. New technologies are kicking up a storm now, beginning with Prozone, which tracks player positioning on the field for blow-by-blow play reviews. Yet another trend that’s set to breach the field is the Google Glass, which helps players prepare for matchdays under a plethora of simulated conditions.
Technology’s Role in Connecting Player and Audience
It goes without saying that a roaring crowd of supporters adds a thrill to the game like nothing else can. Technology has the power to harness this energy and turn sport into an even more interactive experience. Some tech authorities predict that technology could grow so much that fans could call the shots from their seat in the stands. It might be something as trivial as changing the stadium music, or as crucial as calling for substitutes, but technology will hit the stands– but to what extent, remains to be seen.
Tentative steps towards technology in sports have turned into giant leaps towards precision and strengthened performance. It’s safe to say, then, that no matter what you choose to become, technology enables all.
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