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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

RootMetrics Review of Network Performance at US Baseball Parks

My buddy who works for [a major U.S. cell carrier] told me about RootMetrics to see crowdsourced coverage data. The first thing staring me in the face was this article from late October. Serendipity?

You have to dig into the site to get more specific info and there’s an app you can run on your phone that reports back to the Mother Ship so that they can tabulate these coverage maps.

When you’re at a game, you might want to check the scores of other games with your phone, manage your fantasy baseball team, or upload a picture of your favorite player to social media. Given the importance of your smartphone at the ballpark, lagging data performance from your mobile network can act as a significant pain point. Venues, however, can be incredibly complex areas for networks to cover. Congestion from crowds, dense construction materials, and even location within the stadium can impact your mobile experience.

Bote Man sez $/yr not yr/$$ Posted: November 10, 2015 at 12:27 PM | 7 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Friday, October 09, 2015

The Curious Case Of The Extra .2 Seconds -

How does this impact companies which do a lot of analysis based on video?

Look at Arrieta’s front foot and his glove in this progression. Yes, Jake Arrieta is an amazing pitcher. He combines a plus-plus fastball with a wear-you-out slider and impeccable command. But even more impressively, Arrieta has managed to figure out a way to bend the laws of time and space. How do you hit a pitcher who manages to reverse time in the middle of his delivery?

OK, maybe that’s not the best explanation. There has to be another explanation that doesn’t refute Albert Einstein.

A call to TBS this morning offered something that doesn’t violate the laws of physics: that live broadcast you’re watching, well, it’s a little less live than you think.

The technology MLB uses to serve those virtual ads behind home plate? They require a little pause that refreshes when switching to the center field camera. This is true no matter if it’s ESPN, TBS, MLB Network or Fox Sports 1 broadcasting the game. The Sportvision technology requires the shot to back up .18 seconds to put the ads in the right place. That Bleacher Report ad isn’t actually there. It only exists in bits and bytes and the tech needs a little time to get it served up properly, apparently.

I’m not saying I fully understand why the technology needs a delay. I’m not sure the person explaining it could have explained it any better. But we know enough.

Jim Furtado Posted: October 09, 2015 at 09:08 AM | 2 comment(s)
  Beats: cubs, scouting, technology

Tuesday, August 04, 2015

How baseball’s tech team built the future of television | The Verge


Jim Furtado Posted: August 04, 2015 at 03:17 PM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: mlbbam, technology

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Automated Strike Zone Gets Test Run -

This will be interesting.

There has been a lot of talk about the benefits and drawbacks of automated umpires for calling balls and strikes. Advocates and skeptics. But on Tuesday night in the independent Pacific Association in a game between the San Rafael Pacifics and Vallejo Admirals, everyone will get to see an automated strike zone in action in a professional game.

The two-game automated umpire trial is the brainchild of former big league outfielder Eric Byrnes, who will serve as the “Strike Zone Umpire” for the two games as a charity fundraiser for the Pat Tillman Foundation.

Jim Furtado Posted: July 28, 2015 at 01:02 PM | 8 comment(s)
  Beats: technology, umpires

Tuesday, July 07, 2015

SmartSports founder Corrine Vitolo on her sports technology SmartKage and having an idea ahead of its time - Bizwomen

Has anyone seen the SmartKage?

“Suddenly 10 years later, everyone says it is a great idea,” Vitolo, CEO of Tyngsborough, Mass.-based SmartSports told Bizwomen. “It is hard to have to wait for the market to catch up with what you know. That being said, it has been a fantastic opportunity to focus on innovation, and it forces you to find the best minds — the innovative and inventive people — because you are building something that doesn’t exist.”

Jim Furtado Posted: July 07, 2015 at 08:53 AM | 1 comment(s)
  Beats: technology

Monday, June 15, 2015

Tampa Bay Rays Looking To New Tech To Study Pitching

But does it measure The Will to Win?

So, it comes with little surprise that the Rays and markerless bio-mechanics company KinaTrax have announced a deal that will allow the Rays to keep track of their pitchers’ form. The two organizations released a statement today, saying that KinaTrax will install a software-hardware product suite in Tropicana Field for use in the 2015 MLB season.

The system will be able to track a pitcher’s mechanics in real-time during a game. It does not use any sort of device that a pitcher must wear, but will be able to capture a pitcher’s “joint angles, bone displacements and velocity metrics” from afar.

Then, the system will use motion capture analytics to ascertain whether or not a pitcher’s form will make him prone to injury. The suite in Tropicana field will also be able to tell whether a pitcher’s form is hurting his performance.

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: June 15, 2015 at 01:32 PM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: mechanics, pitching, rays, technology



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