Baseball Meets Internet Of Things: Bye, Bad Umpires?
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User Rank: Apprentice
4/27/2013 | 8:23:51 AM
re: Baseball Meets Internet Of Things: Bye, Bad Umpires?
IOT will Change pattern of sports
User Rank: Strategist
4/16/2013 | 5:47:11 PM
re: Baseball Meets Internet Of Things: Bye, Bad Umpires?
We are moving into the world of "Internet of Everything". Things will change. Jobs may become obsolete, including baseball umpires. Here is a good primer on the "Internet of things"
User Rank: Apprentice
4/12/2013 | 12:18:24 PM
re: Baseball Meets Internet Of Things: Bye, Bad Umpires?
Well, if we're going futuristic here, then let's imagine this: 1. The baseball has a coat of metallic paint (or some space-age material) on the inside surface of the hide. 2. Each of the five corners of the plate has a small, weak, invisible, electronic beam shooting straight up. 3. The players' uniforms have an RFID device in the kneecap and in the letters on the chest. 4. There are sensors / monitoring devices at an appropriate distance across from the batters that electronically create the precise strike zone for each batter. 5. When a pitch comes in, the ball either will or won't touch/enter/break that electronic strike zone. Goodbye bad calls on balls & strikes.
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User Rank: Moderator
4/8/2013 | 6:32:29 PM
re: Baseball Meets Internet Of Things: Bye, Bad Umpires?
Could we stop with the "Internet of Things" buzzphrase?

Putting sensors on physical equipment and connecting them to a computer or other equipment doesn't require The Internet or even An Internet.

Or is my TV remote now part of the Internet?
User Rank: Ninja
4/8/2013 | 5:31:38 PM
re: Baseball Meets Internet Of Things: Bye, Bad Umpires?
In a word, no. For starters, unless the leagues own the bats (players have always owned their own), why should umpires trust their sensors?

There are always going to be disputes in sports that will require arbitration. We can give officials better tools to do the job, but in the end, there needs to be a human being making decisions.

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