“In 2016, people drove cars; in 2066, cars drive people. What we now call reality, they called virtual reality. In ’16, earthbound people aspired to see the wonders of Mars; last night, Mars-bound people longed for the wonders back on Earth, as the pioneering first generation of NASA and SpaceX colonists lamented the 14-minute broadcast delay of Super Bowl 100, played 140 million miles away in a desert landscape stranger than any on the Red Planet.
For its centennial Super Bowl, the NFL returned to its favorite host city, Las Vegas, which first staged the title game 45 years ago. Super Bowl LV shared its initials with Las Vegas but also with Louis Vuitton, the luxury brand that paid handsomely to cover game balls in its handbag leather, embossed with its famous logo.”
From Super Bowl City, a free fan village near San Francisco's downtown waterfront, to NFL Experience, an interactive theme park at Moscone Center, fans, the NFL and — possibly — future Olympics organizers will see how a sports championship can use technology to boost the 'wow' experience for these big ticket events.
The game's venue, Levi's Stadium, home of the tech-influenced San Francisco 49ers, is the league's most technically-advanced, according to NFL spokesman Alex Riethmiller.
There, an app designed for the stadium by start-up VenueNext, which leverages Oracle's point-of-sales technology for mobile ordering, will let fans order food, drink and merchandise from their seats. VenueNext's smartphone app handles everything from parking to in-seat food delivery and instant replays at Levi's. For the Super Bowl, it has added a celebrity cam, Super Bowl commercials and express pickup of merchandise.
As football season winds down and basketball season heats up, excellent article in Popular Mechanics about the ladies on the sidelines who are not just attractive – they are cheerleaders for science. Founded by Darlene Cavalier, a former cheerleader for the 76ers, the group consists of current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders pursuing science and technology careers. They are surgeons, chemical engineers, architects, and have many other STEM careers in their day jobs
At the game tonight, we should see a contraption where U of Alabama’s football, medical, engineering and marketing savvy come together. Courtesy of USA Today
“There are several design components that make the tent unique and so practical for football, starting with the fact the frame is actually anchored to and connected with the base of the trainer's table. The covering expands and collapses like an accordion within 10 seconds and basically is just pulled over the top to erect the tent. It weighs about 70 pounds, making it easy to transport. The synthetic material covering it keeps out rain or other elements but also allows in enough light for doctors and trainers to see. It was designed to be sturdy and stable enough to go on any kind of surface that might be on a sideline — grass, artificial turf, concrete, asphalt, etc. — without needing to be staked or anchored into the ground with heavy weights like your typical tailgate tent. They also tested the height to make sure it doesn’t obstruct the view of fans.
There’s also an added bonus for schools: More advertising space to sell, which Alabama has utilized to display the logos of a local hospital and sports medicine center (for the College Football Playoff, it is using an Alabama-branded look).”
The Minnesota Vikings and the Seattle Seahawks both wore gear from WSI Sports in the wildcard game today where the high temp was 0 degree F!
The heating action comes from a proprietary, hyper hollow fiber that is knitted into the fabric. As the heat and moisture from the body energy interact with this patented HEATR® fabric, the strands of fiber expand and generate heat.
Based on special crystalline materials, scientists from the University of Southern Denmark have created a substance that is able to absorb and store oxygen in such high concentrations. It’s like dipping a sponge in water, squeezing the water out of it and repeating the process over and over again. A bucket full of material (about 22 pounds) is enough to suck up all the oxygen in an average sized room. The concreteness is also able to release the stored oxygen in a controlled manner when it is needed, which is ideally suitable for divers to get rid of carrying heavy bulky scuba tanks.
The new material specifically uses the elements cobalt, bound in organic molecules. “Cobalt gives the new material precisely the molecular and electronic structure that enables it to absorb oxygen from its surroundings. Small amounts of metals are essential for the absorption of oxygen, so actually it’s not entirely surprising to see this effect in our new material,” said professor Christine McKenzie of the University of Southern Denmark.
Last season, some 68 billion bytes of data were collected — more than in the previous two decades combined — and this year that number will double. Such a dramatic increase in data could usher in a revolution for the sport. Coaches will be able to use the technology to track players' effectiveness, monitor workloads, and refine a team's in-game strategies. Broadcasters will use it to unveil fancy new graphics and ever more arcane stats to better explain the game. And fantasy owners will no doubt obsessively dissect the data, looking to glean information on player tendencies before their head coaches can.
Shah even predicts that these numbers could be used by research institutions to study safety measures, by agents to craft performance bonuses, and by clubs to institute player evaluations — or root out slackers.
“From tracking tweets and social media engagement during matches; to reporting on the weather and fans in attendance at the All England Club; to the on-court numbers like serve-speed and distance covered, IBM technologies covers all aspects of the game to help to bring the digits of tennis to life at Wimbledon 2015.
For the third Grand Slam of the 2015 season, SI.com has once again partnered with IBM to bring readers data-driven infographics and visualizations that help fully tell each storyline at Wimbledon.”