Biggest Tech Advancements In Sports
Professional sports tend to rely on technology now more than ever. Technology in sports has a goal of eliminating the “human factor” of an official (referee), who can sometimes oversee situations that cameras and computers don’t. This way, the sports can truly become fair, as the irregularities will be brought to a minimum. However, tech can also be used for safety, to build better equipment, and for watching the games. So let’s take a quick peek at the biggest tech advancements in sports today.
Video assistant referees (VAR) have been introduced at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. Basically, this means that there are four additional referees at the event, watching the game and the replays from all conceivable angles in a room full of screens. If a controversial decision takes place on the field and the chief official makes the wrong call, the VAR guys may signal him to pause the game so that given controversial situation can be under review.
The hawk-eye started being used on tennis matches back in 2006. It consists of several high-end cameras that are situated all around the court. A player can request a “challenge” if he or she feels that the decision made by the linesmen is incorrect. The hawk-eye will then display the result on a big screen, so everybody can see whether the ball was in or out. This technology is not only used in tennis anymore. Professional volleyball, cricket, and rugby associations have also accepted the use of hawk-eye in recent years.
The Special Olympics give an opportunity to people with disabilities to compete and win medals. This includes people with lost limbs and most of them who can only play sports in a wheelchair or by using only one or no hands. However, the advancement of prosthetic technology lets these people complete like they have no disabilities at all. There’s a lot more space for improvement, but it nevertheless makes the future brighter for disabled athletes.
First, there was radio, then television, and today we can watch sports on several different devices. Computers have obviously given us that opportunity for quite some time now, and tablets and mobile phones have joined the streaming party only a few years ago. The next step would be to watch sports using a device that lets you see the game from the perspective of someone who is actually at the stadium. Which brings us to…
Companies that create VR devices will make them so you can watch live sporting events with your headset on. This technology already works for some events that are pre-recorded. However, several years from now, people will enjoy watching a game from a front-row seat while being in their living room at the same time. You will be able to turn your head in all directions, and even stand up and take actual steps away from your seat.
It’s no doubt that technology makes our everyday lives better, including playing and watching sports. It makes the sports fair, safe, and more exciting for the fans. Although some may disapprove of this, technology will continue to shape sports and their rules in years to come.