Magneto-Track smart footballs give officials their location and direction

Sep
09

Magneto-Track smart footballs give officials their location and direction

Sure, football arenas like Levi’s Stadium are being outfitted with everything modern technology has to offer, but what about the game itself? Don’t worry, researchers are working on improving that too: engineers at Carnegie Mellon and NC State have developed a football tracking system that could one day replace the old “stick-and-chain” measurement system for calling a first down. It’s called the Magneto-Track system, and it uses low-frequency magnetic fields to follow a tracker embedded in the game ball. The result? A real-time measurement of the ball’s position and orientation on the field.

Read the rest and watch the video @ Engadget.

One comment

  • Tachaeon
    Sep 9, 2014 @ 2:51 am

    Maybe now the yellow chains that are totally accurate >.> will go away….

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