With the Tokyo 2020 Olympics just a few months away, Fujitsu could become one of the most popular disciplines for a major technological upgrade thanks to its Fujitsu.
The Japanese technology giant has unveiled a collaboration with the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG), aimed at introducing AI-assisted assessment technology, with tests currently underway to prepare for possible use in Tokyo 2020.
Fujitsu hopes that his "judging support system" technology can help prevent potential errors that could be the difference between medal law and defeat.
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The company revealed more about its technology this week at the Fujitsu Forum event in Tokyo, attended by TechRadar.
The system uses 3D laser scan sensors to capture the gymnast's movements in real time, taking two million photos per second in areas such as the angles of arms or legs, elevation angles, and height of certain movements.
This is then compared to a database of existing recognized moves and routines to hopefully give a more accurate picture of the routine of an athlete for the judges.
According to Fujitsu, there are typically 100 jury members per 200 athletes at FIG competitions, so the new system could help to reduce the number needed and reduce possible errors or errors due to fatigue or simply not recognizing an error.
The technology is now scheduled to be deployed at the upcoming Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, held on October 4 and 13 in Stuttgart, Germany, with further testing planned, as Fujtisu is striving to include it in Tokyo 2020.
In addition to helping judges, Fujitsu says the technology can also be used by athletes themselves in their training routines – by helping them spot areas where they fall short in certain movements.
TV viewers or viewers at events can also follow athletes of a match in real time via an associated app (shown by Fujitsu on the show) to provide in-depth access to why judges scored a certain routine.
And apart from gymnastics, the company showed how the system can be used to help score in other sports, including trampoline jumping and skateboarding – meaning that it might be a splash at further Olympic events.
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