Intel Drones – the third umpire in future cricket
The Intel Falcon 8 Drone has been equipped with HD cameras and IR cameras to be used for pitch analysis during matches. The drone will offer data on grass cover, grass health, and topology. This will help in preparation of daily pitch reports and which can be used by commentators to analyze the pitch during live broadcasts of the match on TV and over the Internet. The pitch is one of the most important aspects of cricket and it has the power to decide which way each game swings, so this analysis is likely to prove useful.
Intel, which is the Official Innovation Partner for the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, says the new bat sensor, called Speculur Bat Sense, can be fixed on any cricket bat and will be able to measure back-lift, bat speed, and process through for every stroke a batsman plays. Players will be using this during the Champions Trophy and it will allow for data such as speed of the ball after it hits the bat to be shown on TV.
Intel has plans for these sensors beyond matches. Coaches can use their insights and expertise along with the bat sensor data improve the batsman’s technique ultimately helping him perform better. The company will bring this technology to the market later in 2017