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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  • 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

  • One of the many big screens inside the IBM "war bunker" secreted beneath Rod Laver Arena. From this small room beneath the stands, a team of statisticians collects, processes and aggregates data for the whole tournament, including court scheduling, video stream co-ordination, player statistics information and umpire data collection.

    Credit: Luke Hopewell/ZDNet Australia

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Topic: IBM

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