At the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show, Intel announced that it’s teaming up with Chinese conglomerate, Alibaba for a new artificially intelligent athlete tracking technology. The tech will leverage both of the companies’ resources and is primarily aimed at the next Olympics Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.
The new technology employs a wide range of modules such as computer vision, deep learning to essentially form 3D models of athletes. That will allow coaches and trainers to extract real-time insights and biomechanical data to understand which areas need improvements and analyze their performance. Interestingly, it doesn’t need any special sensors to be worn and instead relies on multiple video cameras to capture athletes in action. It will also have tools for comparisons and a social feature for the fans. The combination of computer vision with AI deep learning
algorithms will generate a 3D Mesh that enables coaches and trainers to extract intricate real-time
The 3D modeling technology will be executed on Alibaba’s cloud platform and is expected to current as well as a couple of forthcoming Intel hardware. Alibaba and Intel are planning to deliver it by 2020 just in time for the next Olympics Games.
Navin Shenoy, executive vice president, and general manager, Data Center Group, Intel further added on the announcement, “Optimized to run on Alibaba Cloud infrastructure, Intel developed a novel technology concept called 3D Athlete Tracking that uses AI to analyze video of athletes in ways that are expected to improve both the training process and has the potential to enhance the audience experience during actual competition. 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 reexamine highlights during instant replays.”
Disclosure: Intel sponsored the blog editor’s flights and hotel for the press conference in Las Vegas.