You might have seen athletes, men & women, wearing something that looks like a sports bra during training.
Those are actually the tracking devices the title speaks of.
“Catapult is a system. It’s precision engineering at the intersection of sport science and analytics.”
How do you turn a new sports stadium into a Silicon Valley tech start-up? San Francisco 49ers can probably answer that question.
The NFL team from the heart of the Valley, San Francisco 49ers, opened its Levi’s Stadium to public in August 2014. Billed as one of the world’s best outdoor sports and entertainment venues, it’s built at a cost of $1.3 billion with 1.85 million square feet of space, with high speed Wifi connecting the approximately 68,500 people that fill it to capacity.
This time lapse video shows how this hi-tech stadium was built.
What this video does not show, though, is how it led to the inception of the hot Silicon Valley start-up, VenueNext.
One of the USPs of Japan’s ultimately failed bid for the 2022 FIFA World Cup was it’s promise to enable hologram broadcast of live matches, which would let fans sit inside stadia across the world and watch the game beamed live to a football ground closest to their postal code.
If that giant leap in innovation, whenever it comes, will enable fans far off from the real action to be a part of the stadium experience, here is one concept that seeks to let fans add to the stadium atmosphere even when they are sitting at home.