New Tech for American Football

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In summary, the USFL is experimenting with several new technologies that may one day make their way to the NFL.
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This NY Times article describes several technological innovations the USFL is trying out that may eventually get to the NFL.
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There are several kinds of tech involved.

Ball Spotting:
  • several optical cameras (Bolt6 company)
  • Lidar (light detection and ranging)
accurate within millimeters, instantly available, similar to tracking balls in tennis

3-D player and ball tracking:
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips in helmets and balls
used to maintain social distancing, 2-D not really new, but vertical axis provides data on player stances and can be used or safety reasons (too high impacts I guess)

Other things:
  • Mikes and video cams on player, coaches, and refs: this stuff is mostly just fun.
  • A ball that glows, only visible to TV viewers, when it crosses goal line.
  • Lasers to show if a field goal is good.
  • A laser line on the field to show the first down line and light up a ball when it crosses it.
  • Watch like devices on refs for rapidly getting this information on the field.
 
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BillTre said:
This NY Times article describes several technological innovations the USFL is trying out that may eventually get to the NFL.
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There are several kinds of tech involved.

Ball Spotting:
  • several optical cameras (Bolt6 company)
  • Lidar (light detection and ranging)
accurate within millimeters, instantly available, similar to tracking balls in tennis

3-D player and ball tracking:
  • Radio-frequency identification (RFID) chips in helmets and balls
used to maintain social distancing, 2-D not really new, but vertical axis provides data on player stances and can be used or safety reasons (too high impacts I guess)

Other things:
  • Mikes and video cams on player, coaches, and refs: this stuff is mostly just fun.
  • A ball that glows, only visible to TV viewers, when it crosses goal line.
  • Lasers to show if a field goal is good.
  • A laser line on the field to show the first down line and light up a ball when it crosses it.
  • Watch like devices on refs for rapidly getting this information on the field.
If it's anything like Hawkeye (cricket) what they use for Tennis and VAR for association football for me it adds an interesting dimension to the game as a spectator.
It makes it tech basically, especially cricket.
 
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Virtual reality training for players to simulate game situations and improve decision-making skills.These technological innovations are aimed at improving the accuracy and efficiency of game play, as well as enhancing the fan experience. By using advanced tracking and ball spotting technology, the USFL hopes to eliminate human error and provide real-time data to coaches and players. The use of RFID chips in helmets and balls also allows for better monitoring of player movements and potential injuries.The addition of mikes and video cameras on players, coaches, and refs adds a new level of entertainment for fans, providing a unique perspective on the game. The glowing ball and laser technology are also designed to make the game more visually appealing for viewers.The use of virtual reality training allows players to improve their skills and decision-making abilities in a simulated game environment. This could potentially lead to better performance on the field.Overall, these technological advancements in the USFL could pave the way for similar innovations to be implemented in the NFL in the future. As technology continues to evolve, it is likely that we will see even more advancements in the world of football, enhancing both the game itself and the fan experience.
 

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