Taranis Uses Aerial Scouting, AI to Help Maintain Golf Courses

Country club groundskeepers have long performed golf course reconnaissance on foot or cart, but now agriculture intelligence company Taranis is seeking to apply its three-layered aerial imaging and AI technology to maintaining crisp fairways and nattily trimmed greens. Taranis uses satellite, plane, and drone imagery to monitor growing conditions and report problem areas before they…

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Lizette Salas’s Father Made the Seven Iron That Led to an LPGA Career

SportTechie’s Athletes Voice series features the views and opinions of the athletes who use and are powered by technology. SportTechie talked to LPGA player Lizette Salas about how she got started in golf, and how the technology she has access to has changed through her career.  To be the first to hear each athlete’s insights, subscribe…

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Sinclair Launches Streaming Service STIRR With Stadium, The T, World Poker Tour

Sinclair Broadcast Group has launched STIRR, a free, ad-supported over-the-top streaming platform that includes several sports offerings. Among existing national sports networks, STIRR includes Stadium, The T (powered by Tennis Channel), and the World Poker Tour. Sinclair is also producing a new streaming channel, STIRR Sports. “We are incredibly excited to distribute Stadium via STIRR’s…

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Driveline Baseball, KinaTrax Partner on Joint Research Validation Study

Baseball’s annual winter meetings, when the entire industry descends on one hotel for a week every December, are littered with chance encounters between insiders that can lead to trades, free-agent signings, or new partnerships. At last month’s event in Las Vegas, Driveline Baseball founder Kyle Boddy and KinaTrax president Steven Cadavid shared an elevator in…

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MLB Partners With Discovery Education on Baseball-Themed STEM

Major League Baseball is teaming up with Discovery Education, a digital curriculum hub, on a multiyear partnership to incorporate baseball content in Discovery’s Science Techbooks and STEM education. Discovery provides online tools and professional development for teachers and students from kindergarten through 12th grade. The science materials will now include MLB-themed content. Statcast data on…

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Blast Motion Adds Swing Metrics of Plane, Connection, Rotation

Blast Motion is introducing a new series of metrics that analyze a player’s swing mechanics. A player’s plane, connection, and rotation are now measured and evaluated using machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence. The new Blast Insights are available to premium service subscribers. Prior versions measured raw data such as bat speed, time to…

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Complexity Gaming Partners With Panini on Trading Cards, Twitch Stream

Sports collectible company Panini is making its first entry into the esports market with Complexity Gaming on a partnership that will include both physical and digital elements. Panini will create traditional trading cards for esports athletes, and the two companies will create content to stream on the Complexity managed Twitch channel that will launch on…

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U.K. Government Commits Research Funding to Esports

The U.K. Government’s Research and Innovation group has awarded a major grant to the Weavr Consortium to investigate esports broadcasting and viewing experiences. The Weavr Consortium is comprised of esports organizer ESL, York University, dock10, Cybula, and Focal Point VR & Rewind. The UKRI committed £4 million ($5.13 million) toward the full £5.8 million ($7.44 million)…

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