Sunday, October 4, 2009

Odd's & Ends: Sportsvision - 2nd Anniversary

Well it is that time of year again; time for my tempestuous support of the Seattle Seahawks.
If they are on a winning streak, I am wearing my Seahawk sweatshirt. If they begin to falter, I take the shirt to Goodwill.

After a great four win pre-season showing, I went up to Goodwill to see if the sweatshirt I threw out last season was still on the rack. But after today, playing Indy does not look good so far.

What I do enjoy – win or loose – is the technology behind what we see on the screen. And in particular, the “1st and 10” lines. This is a computer generated special effect to rival anything you have seen in a Star Wars showpiece.

An outfit called Sportsvision came up with technology not that long ago; 1998. It requires a tractor-trailer full of computers and GPS equipment, and the results are stunning to say the least.

When you bring up their website, select:

  • Products and Services
  • American Football
  • How it Works.
To appreciate the technology, notice that the lines are NOT painted on players or feet, and that it works on a fine sunny day and in the worst rain and snow. As one who has spent his life working in video communication, I am impressed.

This month marks the Second Anniversary of “Oil-Electric.” With more than 400 articles written, we have experienced more than 30,000 visitors, averaging more than 60 readers per day. I am flattered to have such a following.

Other interesting facts about my audience include:

Finally, I appreciate your stopping by. Without your support, there would be no point in doing this blog. I hope I have been able to present information that may be new to you!

- Robert in Port Townsend.

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SDP45 said...

As long as you don't post modern railroading stuff regularly, I'll keep stopping by. Keep up the good work.


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