According tomedia reports, rugby is a relatively chaotic scene of sports events, and it is sometimes difficult to judge when foul play occurs. Now the British company has developed a new smart football with sensors that record its movements. The hardware side of the weight-regulating device was developed by London-based sports technology company Sportable and incorporated into balls made by British manufacturer Gilbert.
Sensors in smart rugby include inertial measurement units (a combination of accelerometers, gyroscopes and magnetometers) and temperature sensors. The data provided by these and other tools includes the position and direction of the ball, the distance and height of travel, acceleration, and the number of revolutions up to 600 rpm.
This information is transmitted from the ball via radio frequency identification (RFID) technology and received by a receiver on the side of the field – each player is also wearing an RFID tag, so they can also track their movement and position. As a result, you can quickly and accurately determine if a foul such as a forward pass has occurred.
In addition, coaches can use the system to assess a player’s performance, measure factors such as the distance of the pass, or the length of time the ball is suspended in the air while the ball is played. The system was successfully tested at the RugbyX Championships in London last year – an event ideal for testing the technology.