At the Intel Developers Forum this week, a BMX rider demonstrated new sensor technology on stage. Many sports are today dependent on subjective judgments rather than objective measures. This can change soon be history as the sensor technology get endorsed and approved.

Many sports are dependent on subjective measures determining the winner. Ski jumpers get rated on their style in the air. If not determined by a knock-out boxers are measured on the number of hits and their impact. A third sport with extensive subjective measures is gymnastics. The final example is from diving competitions. These sports can be changed by sensors integrated the athlete’s clothes and sporting equipment.

 With the possible reduction in size of computing processors and the broad market potential for wearables we can expect a rapid development on this field. Compact computing and sensors can be integrated into a variety of sports equipment. Custom software can be developed to both help athletes to refine their techniques during practice sessions. As rule makers and regulation bodies become familiar with the technology it can start to have an impact on how to determine the outcome of sporting events today relying on subjective measures. No human eye can see the details of a 3.5 volt summer sault better than technology.

The introduction of technology in sports equipment is a fascinating area involving a set of interrelated issues. What today can be demonstrated for one sport will be adopted in other sports wherever athletes can get a competitive advantage. For the broader transformation of sensor based sports enabler a few more answers need to be found:

  • Which sport do you think can be changed with the introduction of objective measures?
  • In which sports do you see a potential for improving the training results the most?
  • Will the transition to objective measures be determined by the speed of rulemaking or the complexity in developing accurate software algorithms.

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Peter Linder

Peter Linder is Head of Business Management and Sales Support for Business Unit IT & Cloud Products towards Region North America. Since 2011 Peter has been based in North America in various management roles for the development of Ericsson’s cloud and IP Business in the US and Canada. He is also a Network Society evangelist appointed in the original group in 2011 and an intrapreneur dedicated to learning and sharing insights on how the digital transformation is reshaping future networks.

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