Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. is working with Intel Corp. on a new “athlete tracking technology” powered by artificial intelligence that the Chinese cloud computing and e-commerce giant says could be a “game changer” in terms of audience engagement. The technology, built to run on the Alibaba Cloud platform, is intended to provide “complex real-time biomechanical data” to coaches, who will then use it to analyze athletes’ performances and come up with new training techniques. To obtain that data, the system uses a combination of multiple video cameras and deep learning algorithms that can extract 3-D forms of the athletes in training or in competition. The technology is also intended to be used by TV broadcasters covering the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, which can use the data to provide their audiences with better insights into how athletes perform and compare against one another. “This technology has incredible potential as an athlete training tool and is expected to be a game-changer for the way fans experience the Games, creating an entirely new way for broadcasters to analyze, dissect and re-examine highlights during instant replays,” Navin Shenoy, executive vice president and general manager of Intel’s Data Center Group, said in a statement. Technology analyst Holger… Read full this story
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