Gallery: IBM wins grand slam for tennis tech

Gallery: IBM wins grand slam for tennis tech

Summary: The big news at this year's Australian Open tennis tournament might be the length of Venus Williams' skirt or a broken racket but IBM quietly puts fans right in the match.


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  • PointStream is a new tracking system currently in beta from IBM. Deployed for the first time at the Australian Open, PointStream takes vital statistics collected from technicians on the court, such as the type of stroke, speed of ball, faults, unforced errors and more, and graphs them so that a user can watch how their player is tracking in real time.

    The minds behind the project say that the PointStream program can be duplicated and applied to other major events, such as the Queensland flood crisis, to aid analysis.

    Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia

  • The Australian Open has made a push towards mobile devices this year, trimming down its website to work across multiple platforms. Demonstrated here is the new iPad app. The app is a virtual copy of the tour program, and contains new features including live statistics, match updates and schedules, as well as a feature that lets players sign a fan's iPad.

    Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia

  • Meanwhile, the Open's iPhone app contains an augmented reality (AR) capability. This AR function overlays points of interest to a user as they look around the ground with their smartphone camera. Points of interest include courts, big screens and bathrooms.

    Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia

Topic: IBM

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