And tracking is just the beginning. The technology on display in Tokyo suggests that the future of elite athletic training lies not merely in gathering data about the human body, but in using that data to create digital replicas of it. These avatars could one day run through hypothetical scenarios to help athletes decide which choices will produce the best outcomes.
The tracking system being used in Tokyo, an Intel product called 3DAT, feeds live footage into the cloud. There, an artificial intelligence program uses deep learning to analyze an athlete ’s movements and identifies key performance characteristics such as top speed and deceleration. The system shares that information with viewers by displaying slow-motion graphic representations of the action, highlighting key moments. The whole process, from capturing the footage to broadcasting the analysis, takes less than 30 seconds.
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