Sunday, March 20, 2016

Could sports use an upgrade with lights and sensors tech on the athletes & field?

ABC sports is now broadcasting prime time game match ups where the 3 point line lights up when someone takes a shot from there. But thats an in camera effect for tv audiences meaning if you were sitting in the stadium you won't see that. Much like how NFL games are broadcast with highlight lines.

Vox has a youtube vid explaining how it works thats fascinating

But lets take it a few steps further and make it so that those lit up lines and marks actually on the field rather than just a TV effect.

With advances in fiber optic and LED technology and the stuff used to make glow sticks applied to the field and courts of sports games its really not that far fetched to see parts of the field of play lighting up and indicting information.

Along with sensor tech (which is not that far away in tech terms) it will be possible in the very near future for sports to have all kinds of real time accurate calls and visual indications that you can witness in the stadium.


Imagine going to a football game and seeing the yard lines, numbers and hashmarks light up with every step the player advancing the ball makes. Or the end zone and goalposts lighting up and bursting into a celebratory display when a touchdown or field goal is made.

How about putting sensors on the ball so that its indicated when a first down is made or a fumble happens. Maybe the ball itself changes color to indicate a touchdown or fumble.

Sensors on the players (thin like band-aids stuck to exposed skin or padding and shoes) so that when a foot goes out of bounds or knee touches the ground its immediately indicated on the field in real time in the stadium. Not a TV effect a REAL EFFECT. Would that enhance the game or take away from it?

I think Football would be the best sport to introduce that level of technology and those fans would be the most receptive.


- The ball has sensors and when hit glows so that the hit looks like a tracer round shooting from the bat.
- An actual consistent strike box.
- The foul lines and pole lights up and maybe changes color to indicate a fair or foul ball (maybe the ball changes color as well)
- the bases light up when tagged..because there would be sensors in the shoes, gloves and on the players if theyre safe the base is green if their tagged out the base turns red so that close plays are easier to determine.

- homeruns would have the wall the sailed over light up.

This sport would probably have the most resistance to sensors since it would slow the game down big time.

- Sensor in the ball and on the players shoes and certain parts of their body (MAYBE) to indicate fouls like handchecks, traveling, picking up the pivot foot and such.
- light up  foul area and half court line, end lines sidelines for violations.
- 3 point line light up

The biggest issue I see players having is the touch fouls and noncalls they usually get like walking.

As egregious as this happens ALL THE TIME whether refs are turning a blind eye or genuinely missing it. With sensors on the shoes, ball and court that would NEVER happen. BUT it would slow the game down tremendously as players are lazy and many really do lack fundamentals. Either the league would have to relax the rules or there will be stoppage of play every 3 minutes.

Fans and players would HATE sensors in the NBA.


Night time golf is kind of there but doesn't go far enough in my opinion.

The ball glows so looks like a neat tracer shot and the course is lit up with glow sticks. But in my version using fiber optics the whole damn course be illuminated like the forest on Pandora in Avatar.

Where the trees, plants and even the various field of grass and greens glows. Now THATS a golf course!

- Sensor in the ball and cups
- GPS tech in the ball to make it easier to locate


- Sensors in gloves and beltline and cup
- clear sensors on certain strike points on the body and head to more accurately determine hits even going down to pressure exerted per hit.

- certainly sensors in headgear in Olympic competition and amateur level.

what other sports would you see using live tech on the field and how??

How would Hockey, Soccer and Racing work with it and would it be accepted by those fans?

Monday, March 14, 2016

Okay people we need to talk about Spike Lee's movies of the last 10 years.

Spike's worked steadily over the years but mostly as a documentarian more than a feature filmmaker. But when he has done movies its been mostly misses than hits...