Designing Athletic Facilities Using Virtual Reality

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Nov 21, 2018 4:00:00 AM


    The advancement of technology is enabling us to do more than ever before imagined. We are referring to the potential available in the world of architecture and design with the use of virtual reality and augmented reality. This technology means that it is no longer necessary to stare at blueprints and concepts on paper to attain a grasp of what the finished product will look like. Instead we now have the ability to take a virtual walk-through of a project through the use of 3D rendering software and holographic display. 

    Enhancing Athletic Facility Design Using VR/AR

    Originally used for gaming, the technology used in head-mounted displays is now being used in architectural and design phases. In 2014 design professions began embracing the VR technology and now, new building designs, such as athletic facilities, can be virtually toured before construction begins. But it doesn’t stop there; once the building design is experienced through virtual reality, the layout and placement of everything from bleachers to exit doors to the scoreboard can be viewed using augmented reality. This is exactly what happened during the design phase of the St. Louis MLS Soccer Stadium, when a virtual and augmented reality tour revealed that the scoreboard placement would pose problems. The abilities of this technology are being embraced and becoming more available all the time.

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    Topics: Sports Technology, Equipment Design

    Watch Roger Federer Play Tennis With The Help Of Google Glass

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 22, 2014 6:25:00 AM


    A few months back we wrote about how Google Glass will change your perspective on professional sports.  Today we continue to see athletes and sports programs migrating toward these high tech goggles, and I will be the first to tell you, so far, I'm enjoying the view!

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    Topics: Sports Technology

    Texas-Sized Sports Screens

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    May 13, 2014 4:30:00 AM


    This past March, the Texas Motor Speedway unveiled the largest HD sports screen in the world. Aptly nicknamed the “Big Hoss TV”, measures at 218 feet in length and comes in at about 95 feet in height. The HD screen is located at about 125 feet above ground level, sitting over the middle of the backstretch of the 1.5 mile track in Fort Worth, Texas.

    This is yet another monstrous screen located in the Lone Star State, rivalling most other sports venue screens around the world.

    A few months prior to the unveiling of the “Big Hoss TV” in Fort Worth, the folks down at the now SEC college, Texas A&M are in the middle of a $450 million renovation, with their goal of making Kyle Field and College Station, Texas the premier destination in college football.

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    Topics: Sports Technology

    Wearable Technology Gathers Information About Athletics

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Apr 1, 2014 6:57:00 AM


    As we continue to travel into the 21st century, the wonders of technology continue to advance at a staggering rate, bringing us all new ways to access information. As with anything else, these technological advancements have enabled us to explore all new ways of making sports a success for all athletes, from optimizing performance to improving upon safety on the field.

    Now, an all new wearable monitoring systems are giving experts a firsthand look at what happens to an athlete’s body on the field.Computers and other gadgets are becoming more and more powerful as we develop smarter technology that is ever faster and wider reaching. While the way we grasp information technology is growing, it is at the same time shrinking in physical size. This is evident with the smart phones and tablets that we use daily, with the newest models always somehow managing to be slimmer and more lightweight than the last. But the possible applications of tiny technology have the potential to really shed some light on athletics.

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    Topics: Sports Technology

    How Google Glass Will Change Your Perspective On Pro Sports

    Posted by Ryan Wilby

    Feb 5, 2014 3:00:00 PM


    Google Glass, the zealous new device from the folks at the world’s largest search engine, along with other forms of wearable tech, has come under heavy scrutiny by most industry professionals and analysts since its inception and release.

    As with any new product or service, it will obviously take some time to determine the true success or failure of Google Glass. Over the past few months however, you might have noticed that more and more professional sports teams and athletes are beginning to experiment with Glass.  Could Google Glass eventually become a part of the sporting equipment world?

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    Topics: Professional Sports, Sports Equipment, Sports Technology

    Have Fantasy Sports Changed The Game?

    Posted by Jeff Hurrle

    Jan 7, 2014 12:37:00 PM

    First came sports, then came the internet, then came the immense popularity of online fantasy 
    sports leagues. But what has this done for the original sports? Some have noted a general 
    increase in fandom, even a shift in how sports are reported and broadcast. Others prefer to 
    believe that any spike in interest in their favorite sport is as organic as can be. No matter what 
    you believe, it’s hard not to speculate on this peculiar relationship between fantasy and reality.
    There are essentially two different types of fantasy sports fans: those who were fans before 
    fantasy leagues, and those who are fans because of fantasy leagues. The spectator experience 
    is unique for each faction of fandom, each rooting for a particular outcome in a given game.
    The lifelong fan roots for his favorite team; his desire for that team to win supersedes his desire 
    for points in a hypothetical game. The lifelong fan feels torn between the interests of his fantasy 
    and the interests of his favorite team, suffering pangs of guilt when a fantasy win means home
    team defeat. But as a sports fan, he ultimately enjoys the multifaceted spectator experience
    made possible by his true love of the game coupled with hiss participation in fantasy sports.
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    Topics: Sports Technology

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