Tennis Technology That Keeps an Eye on the Court

Tennis technology has come a long way in recent years, with a number of innovative products designed to help players improve their game. One area of particular focus has been court monitoring technology, which uses sensors and cameras to provide detailed information about the movement of the ball and the players on the court.

One example of this type of technology is a $100,000 camera system called Hawk-Eye, a system that uses high-speed cameras to track the trajectory of the ball in flight. The cameras are placed around the court and capture multiple images of the ball as it moves, allowing the system to generate a 3D image of its flight path. This information is then used to determine whether a ball is in or out of play, which can be especially helpful for close calls that are difficult for umpires to make with the naked eye.

Smart Court, a computer vision based system, that according to its creator Chen Shachar, has much of the same functionality as a hawk-eye system -- but at a fraction of the price.

Another example of court monitoring technology is the Sony Smart Tennis Sensor, which attaches to the end of a tennis racket and tracks a player's swing and ball contact. The sensor can provide information about the speed and spin of the ball, the angle of the racket at contact, and the player's overall performance. This data can be used to identify areas of weakness in a player's game and to develop a training plan to improve their skills.

Overall, these types of court monitoring technologies have revolutionized the way that tennis is played and watched, providing players and fans with a wealth of information about the game that was previously unavailable.

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