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Innovation for the Sports Fans

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Going to a stadium, getting a hot dog, and viewing your favorite team play right in front of your eyes in real time is about a close to the game as the average fan can get. Sports teams have always looked for a new innovative way to bring sports fans even closer in the stadiums.

Sports teams in Kansas City are using a new app to give fans a new experience in the stadium. Sporting Innovations has created this app to allow sports fans to sign in to their personal profiles, get second to second news bulletins and highlights, allow them to upload photos that could be selected to be shown on the stadium screens! The app started as a just an idea to give all the fans in a stadium WiFi access so they could share their experience easily with their friends who maybe couldn’t make it to the games. The app is currently available, check it out for yourself!

Ways 3D Technology is Shaping Sports

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In the United States, the four major sports (football, basketball, baseball, and hockey) bring in billions of dollars in revenue each year. This money comes from ticket and merchandise sales, TV contracts, and advertising. To keep the revenue moving forward, sports team owners and league organizers are always looking for ways to improve the experience for fans and athletes. 3D technology has changed nearly everything we know about sports. From equipment and medicine to broadcasting, we should thank 3D tech for almost every way we enjoy our favorite sports today.

Additive Manufacturing

Most commonly known as 3D printing, this process uses synthetic materials to automatically construct nearly any shape the human mind can think up. The process got it’s nickname because the machine that creates looks like a home office printer on steroids, it even moves like one and creates objects out of seemingly nothing. There are countless uses for additive manufacturing, but sports manufacturing is making an impact by creating custom equipment for an athlete. This gives them a personal edge by using a product that is tailored to their specific needs or size or anything.┬áProfessional runner Jack Bolas was the first to wear 3D printed shoes at the New Balance Games in New York. Jack Bolas wore a pair of shoes that had custom insoles 3D printed for him.

Medicine

3D technology has changes how we diagnose sports injuries. In the past we relied on X-rays and MRIs to see what was going on inside an athlete’s muscles and joints. Now 3D imaging gives doctors more insight into how injuries occur and better ways to treat them. 3D technology is also helping doctors actually create the materials needed to help athletes recover from injuries after surgery (additive manufacturing strikes again). Doctors can even print 3D bones and cartilage pieces to replace damaged ones after an injury.

Broadcasting

Some of the most basic luxuries in sports broadcasting are thanks to 3D technology. The yellow first down line in televised NFL games was a huge technological marvel in 1998. Today, special 3D cameras record games and send them to stereoscopic 3D televisions giving them the most immersive experience ever. It isn’t just football though, Major league baseball can track strike zones and pitches in real time, something we previously left up to the umpire in the past.

Video Games

Not many would argue that video game depictions of sports are real sports, but there are video game competitions known as e-sports that many would argue IS a sport. in 2014, more than 70 million people world wide tuned into e-sports, making it more popular than some of the biggest sports in the United States. With video game technology advancing rapidly gamers are getting a more immersive experience and it is all thanks to 3D technology.