Sport is a big part of our lives, with a record breaking 44.5 million people tuning in to watch last year’s Football world cup, it’s clear to see that sport is more than just a game for many. The use of technology within sport has also been increasing in the past few years, both for personal use with the rise of smartwatches for fitness, alongside the use of AI within some of our favourite spectator sports.
But what does the next 20 years hold for us when it comes to sport and technology?
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A new interactive tool released from Coral reveals how technology is set to transform the sporting world in the future. From track-powered electric F1 cars and robot golf trainers, to AR athletic stadiums and steerable tennis balls, futurologist Dr. Ian Pearson’s predictions for the future of sport will no doubt transform the way in which we participate in and watch sports. Discover what your favourite sport could look like in the future in this interactive graphic.
These future technological advancements are predicted to significantly help potential sports fans make informed decisions about which team or individual to support
According to futurologist, Dr. Ian Pearson, by 2022 football drone AI assistants will be supporting referees pitch-side to get video clippings from any angle, and they will link directly to what a referee is looking at during the game. So, next time a player from your team takes a nasty tackle, a yellow or red card should be far more likely for the opponent. You'll then be able to work out which teams and players you should be backing throughout the season. I wonder what this would have looked like in our 2018 world cup!
By 2025 Coral’s interactive graphic reveals that Dr. Ian Pearson predicts a new branch of F1 racing will be a popular spectator sport with all-electric cars taking part in the race to demonstrate advances in electrical engineering, which is good news for the environment. An advancement to the current Formula E, the new league will source its energy from the road surfaces.
But what do some of the more contact sports have in store when it comes to technology? Rugby is known to be a fast, tough and aggressive sport that gets the hearts of fans racing as players charge through to score that winning try. The nature of the sport, however, can mean that injuries can be frequent and sometimes serious. So, how do we keep the high intensity of this international sport whilst ensuring the safety of its players?
By 2025 we won’t be facing this problem anymore. Military development of smart fabrics is progressing quickly and by using these advancements, we can expect protective gear to absorb potentially dangerous collisions between players that might cause a broken bone or head injury. This means when you’re looking to place a bet on a game, it might be worth considering how much harder these players could push to get to the try line.
Horse racing has come under fire for the treatment of the horses, so what can technology in the future do to help this? By 2030 remote medical monitoring of horses to track their well-being will be in place for horse racing events. Data will be relayed in real-time to course authorities or the vet in charge so that they can instruct riders to slow down if they believe a horse is being overworked. You’ll also be able to see from race to race how fit a horse really is, which could help you determine which horse to back next time.
Which of these predictions for the future of technology in sport are you most excited to see?