Microsoft and former Indian cricket team captain launch a new tech for players to improve the game
Microsoft and former Indian cricket team captain Anil Kumble’s tech startup named Spektacom Technologies has introduced the Power Bat. Power Bat is a lightweight, Azure Sphere-powered sticker that sticks on the shoulder of the cricket bat to gather the data on how the player is playing the game. The Power Bat was announced with support from broadcast partner Star India.
When the player hits the ball with the bat that has the Power Bat stuck to it, the sticker gathers information based on different parameters including speed on impact, twist on impact, quality of the shot and percentage proximity of the ball’s contact to the sweet spot of the willow. Microsoft Azure’s AI services help it to process real-time information captured through the stump box and is powered by the broadcaster. This can be viewed in the mobile app as well during training or coaching.
“We’re excited to be a part of the work Spektacom and Star India are doing to enhance the cricket experience for fans, players and coaches,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president, Microsoft. “We’ve already seen the impact that connected devices have had in other industries, and we believe that with the advancements in our AI and cloud services, this is just the beginning of what’s possible for not only cricket, but all sports.”
It has been added that although the technology used today is exclusively for cricket, the tech can be used for other sports as well in future.
At the time of the launch, Anil Kumble said, “Our vision is to bring sports closer to fans through interesting ways of engagement using real-time sports analytics. At the same time, it is important that the technologies used are seamless and do not disrupt the game or obstruct the players. With Microsoft, we have been able to create a secure and effective solution, and with Star India, we have a partner that can stimulate and excite fan engagement.”