Things You Didn’t Know About… Sports Technology
Introduction about Technology:
Technology can be referred to as the collection of such machinery, tools, arrangements, modifications and procedures. Technology in the broadest sense can also be defined as the making, usage, modification, and knowledge of machines, tools, techniques, systems, crafts, methods of organization with an aim to solve a problem, achieve a goal, improve a pre existing way out of a problem, or perform a specific function. Technologies have a significant effect on the human life and sports being an indispensable entity of the human life, it too could not be remained untouched from the effects of technology.
Use of Technology in the sports:
Technology has great impacts in the field of sports and it has greatly helped in transforming the world of sports. The use of technology has brought transparency and impartiality in the field of sports. There has been constant inclusion of different types of technologies in the various sports over the ages in order to improve the quality of the sports.
Use of Ingestible Computers:
One of the major causes of death in the field of sports is due to the heat exhaustion. Till date. Core body temperature of the athletes has been tracked through observation, but players can overlook symbols of heat exhaustion and physios may be too distant to make proper observations. In such cases a “thermometer pill” may come to the rescue and help in saving lives. The pill consists of a quartz crystal sensor with a micro battery wrapped in silicon. It helps in transmitting heart rate data and temperature to the team trainer when the pill travels through the gastrointestinal tract, once swallowed. Sports person on the track and field, football, auto racing, cycling and hockey often use this technology.
One of the best technological innovations in the field of sports have been the invention and use of wearable computers. It uses implanted wireless networks and microscopic sensors to monitor player’s body temperature, heart rate, hydration and many more.
Carbon atoms have extremely high inter atomic bonds in between them and the secret of material’s strength lies within the properties of one atom to connect with another atom through atomic bonds. Tennis rackets, golf clubs, baseball bats, hockey sticks and bicycles are already stronger and lighter thanks to carbon nanotubes.
Computational Fluid dynamics:
A subfield of physics which focuses on the movement of water, gases or air is the fluid dynamics. Computational Fluid dynamics is now emerged as an indispensable force in the design of anything which moves, including oars, bicycles, cars, swimsuits and helmets, even the human athletes. The CFD technology can even help in determining skin friction of the players.
Other than the above mentioned technologies, there have been numerous technological developments which are immensely helpful in improving the quality of sports and reducing the number of injuries and even death of athletes in the field of sports. Though technology has been developed a lot scientists are continuously working for further developments in the sports area.
About The Author: Claudia is a writer/blogger. She loves writing, reading and travelling. She is a big fan of Fernando Alonso, who has a net worth of $80 million.
Sports Techie, Once again Claudia has provided our Sports Techie community with her unique blogger perspective, this time about things you did not know about sports technology. She has terrific insight about sports tech and the future of the industry. Sports and tech morphed together during 2012 in astonishing fashion. Ingestible computers, carbon nanotechnology and CFD are exciting innovations. What’s in store for 2013 and beyond is going to blow our solar generated heat and cooling socks off.
Each Sports Techie has a comfort level with sports technology. Some are just beginning with their first cell or smartphone and all the functionality and apps that opens the user too, while others are ultra advanced who love big data and want more innovation. Many Sports Techie are somewhere in the middle. The Digital referee is another example of things you didn’t know about… Sports Technology.
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