3D athlete tracking

Alibaba and Intel collaborates to develop 3D athlete tracking technology at CES

At the Platform of CES 2019, Intel and Alibaba announced a new collaboration developing AI-powered 3D athlete tracking technology that is projected to be deployed at the Olympic Games 2020 and beyond.

The technology is going to use Intel hardware and Alibaba’s cloud computing.

3D athlete tracking is designed using state of the art deep learning application that extracts 3D forms of athletes in training or competition. IN the Procedure, taking the help of multiple standard video camera 3D Mesh is being created that enables coaches and trainer to comprehend the real-time biomechanical data.  The Coaches uses 3D mesh to analyze performance of athletes while training or performing in a competition.

“Optimized to run on Alibaba Cloud infrastructure, Intel developed a novel technology concept called 3D Athlete Tracking that uses AI to analyze video of athletes in ways that are expected to improve both the training process and has the potential to enhance the audience experience during actual competition. This technology has incredible potential as an athlete training tool and is expected to be a game-changer for the way fans experience the Games, creating an entirely new way for broadcasters to analyze, dissect and reexamine highlights during instant replays.”  Intel executive vice president and general manager, Data Center Group, Navin Shenoy said.

Specifically, the technology leverages advanced pose modeling techniques and other AI algorithms designed to analyze the biomechanics of an athlete’s movements. The performance is captured with regular video cameras, the AI algorithm is applied with a heavy dose of computing power and a digital model of the performance is created that can be analyzed in different ways.

Intel and Alibaba, together with partners, aim to deliver the first AI-powered 3D athlete tracking during the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. The partnership seeks to provide athletes with new training data and analysis and provide fans insight into how world-class athletes perform and compare against one another.

“We are proud to partner with Intel on the first-ever AI-powered 3D athlete tracking technology where Alibaba contributes its best-in-class cloud computing capability and algorithmic design,” said Chris Tung, CMO, Alibaba Group. “With our technological advancements, Alibaba is transforming the sports media and broadcasting industries. We continue to collaborate with industry leaders and drive innovations to create new experiences for the world to enjoy.”




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