The Football League has supported Wycombe’s decision to fit their players with GPS-tracking devices
Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.theguardian.com
Get used to it. The accuracy of small GPS devices now means that coaches and trainers will have phenomenal access to what the players do, whether it is the set plays, the distance they ran or what they did when they were injured. This is just the beginning. As I have outlined in previous blogs, in the future they will be using haptic technology that monitors muscle activation and exact movement in the same way as sports scientists have been doing in labs for a number of years, but in real time on the field.
Sports clubs will be wanting to access what their competitors did and this data will of course be protected like the crown jewels. Of course like the crown jewels, the temptation will be too great for some not to try and steal it.
There was an article in the NZ Herald a few days ago about Rugby World Cup spies, watching other teams through binoculars after the media and guests had been escorted out during training seasons in previous years. With this sort of technology, all they would need is the ability to hack the GPS data. I hope that the companies who develop these systems have great security and learn from other examples of sports corruption to ensure that their staff don’t become easy picking for unscrupulous crooks offering bribes. The stakes are so high today that it wouldn’t surprise me if data on football players, teams and other sports people appears on the market before too long.
Watch out for more things in the future:
1. Offside and other infringements will be able to be determined scientifically. In fact they could be automatically ruled in real time by computer under some circumstances, although expect a backlash.
2. Matches will be able to be fully replayed by anyone, sports betting agencies, coaches, players and computer games.
3. Sports commentators will find the game much easier to manage. They will be able to view player names, details and stats on a screen attached to players as they move.
4. Impacts of tackles and other forms of contact will be able to be measured with gyros and accelerators connected to the GPS.This could be great for health and safety, such as reducing the risk of consequences of head concussions.
5. Sports science analysts will accelerate their understanding of and therefore enhance the skills, health and capability of sports people.
6. 10 years from now you will be able to view the game with automatic focus of cameras on the players of your choice.
7. 20 years from now you will be able to put on a haptic virtual reality suit and experience a game on a console, including the hits, complete with visuals through Virtual Reality glasses as if you were a player.
8. 30 years from now it will be possible, if not legal, to send physical commands to a player wearing haptic (nudges from sensors) suits to send them physical instructions.
9. In 50 years, you will be able to don Virtual Reality glasses and a haptic suit and experience the game from the player’s perspective, hits and all. Always wanted to play, but didn’t get there? Now you can experience it in living color.
10. Then come enhanced humans. Check this out http://thefuturediaries.com/2012/10/30/enhanced-human-world-champs/