How cool is this? More than 20 years after FOX introduced the Glow Puck and comet tail, the NHL is embedding sensors in players and pucks to enhance the fan experience AND collect data to aid coaches.
Taken to its inevitable conclusion, can you imagine being able to see (in real-time) the heart rate and speed of a player after blocking a shot with his ankle? Is he skating slower? Is he gutting it out and playing in intense pain?
The X’s and O’s aspect of this concept will also undoubtedly have a huge impact on the game. Every play, pass, position on the ice, shot, goal, etc. will be recorded and analyzed to identify trends, patterns, and opportunities. For example, coaches will now be able to see (in real-time) if there’s a matchup that can be exploited to try and gain advantage on the ice. Apply this same idea to football and you’ll be able to (in real-time) know that by shifting the formation you’ll be able to get your ‘Z’ wide receiver matched up against the nickel corner who is running 2mph slower than usual.
Ha, maybe they’ll start putting energy meters above each player like in video games.
It’s like living in the future.
Same story, different year. It seems like every year I lament that fact that I don’t write enough. And every year I try to do better. This is me trying to reboot the writing engine…again.
It’s strange how I somehow manage to ignore the things that have proven to make me happier, healthier, more productive, and less stressed. I don’t read enough. I haven’t run a race in almost two years. I haven’t posted a blog in almost a full year. I don’t meditate every day like I should. I definitely don’t floss everyday like I should. And I often ignore my productivity tools even though I know they’ll help me get more done.
Maybe it’s human nature. Maybe it’s just laziness.
But you gotta try, you know. Just keep pushing. Do it once today. Once tomorrow. One more day after that. The funny thing about inertia is that it works in both directions.
BMW acquired Parkmobile
That’s interesting man. It turns out that the Parkmobile app is already integrated into BMW’s infotainment system. I mean it makes perfect sense. Sooner or later you’re gonna need to find a place to park your B’mer. So you gotta wonder:
- Will BMW offer free parking (credits) for its drivers?
- Will BMW start acquiring garage management companies?
- Will BMW buy/build their own strategically placed parking structures to accommodate a future of self-driving B’mers?
It’s like living in the future.
A thought occurred to me the other day…
Maybe it’s good to be bored
Remember when you were a kid and you thought you might literally die of boredom? What if that was a good thing? What if boredom was critical to our childhood development…and as an adult, what if it still is?
Of course, the problem today is that I have more Apple devices than I have perishable food items in my fridge. Always on. Always connected. Always Addressable. But never bored…and maybe that’s a bad thing.
I took my mom to the dentist yesterday and as I was waiting room, I tried something. I put my phone in my pocket and I stared out the window – into space. I allowed myself to become bored. In doing so, I think I allowed myself to be the unwobbling pivot at the center of an ever-revolving universe; to be still…
Now I’m bored, time to go watch the rest of Stranger Things 2 😉
I was just thinking that I ought to be able to raise my camera (iPhone) and ask a question like “where am I?”. GPS is never going to be perfect and signals bounce off buildings so what if you could combine GPS with a visual input to determine location? I can also imagine something basic like pointing my phone at a car and asking Google “What kind of car is that?”. Last but not least I can imagine pointing my phone at an insect bite and asking “Should I go see a doctor about this?”. That would be cool…like living in the future.
Someone tweeted the other day that in the not too distant future people might say (when referring to cars) “I can’t drive this, it’s a manual”, but they’ll be referring to the steering wheel and not the transmission. And that got me thinking…define future. A year? Five years?
After a childhood spent reading Popular Mechanics, I had become jaded after the vision of the Year 2000 failed to live up to expectations. But lately it seems like “The Future” is finally arriving and more importantly it’s accelerating. I have “nephews and nieces” who range from one year to twelve years old and I keep wondering which of them is going to be able to, need to, or want to operate a motor vehicle. Potentially none of them. Even if Level 5 autonomous vehicles are still a few years off, Uber/Lyft is here to stay.
I also think about the next generation and what their interactions with technology will be like. Every other tech article is about “AI” or “ML” and Intel claims to have built a 17-qubit processor. Okay it has to operate at almost absolute zero degrees, but it also wasn’t that long ago that my computer took up half my desk – now it fits in my pocket (sort of).
What will their buying habits be like? I’m guessing they won’t go to malls. I’m guessing they’ll just buy everything on Amazon, and I mean EVERYTHING including prescription meds, liquor, homes, repairmen for the homes, food delivery, and even Cars…assuming car ownership is still a thing in the future. Either way, I hope cars fly in the future.
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I can’t imagine most people know this about me, but technically speaking, English was my second language. My mom had a zero English policy in the house until I was about 8 or 9 years old. I learned by ABC’s along with my A Ă Â both at the same time. Yeah, the first three letters of the Vietnamese alphabet are three versions of the letter A. Honestly, I think it’s rediculous. I can vaguely recall a time where I was fluent in Vietnamese – reading and writing. These days, I can barely pick out my favorite dishes on a Vietnamese menu. I figure everything is still in my brain somewhere…somewhere in deep cold storage. But finding the words from my first tongue are proving to be more difficult than finding a missing sock out of the dryer.
The Network is the Computer – John Gage 1984
Thirty (plus) years after the PC Revolution and twenty (plus) years after the Internet Revolution, most companies are still using computing, networks, and software simply, as a more efficient means of data entry, word processing, and accounting.
It’s remarkable (to me anyways) how slow companies have been to adopt “technology”. I see the same story in virtually every industry. But for a few exceptions most companies view technology as a “bolt-on” or “extension” to their core business. The reality is that “technology” has become the core of their business for one simple reason – The first interaction between any consumer and any brand almost always begins with a search on Google.
“Google is your homepage” – Me 2016
What’s the opposite of self-discipline? Other-discipline? Else-discipline? That’s what I’ll call it, else-discipline. I really suck at self-discipline. But I really excel at else-discipline.
This evening I ate a bowl of pasta for dinner. Actually, it could be better described as three bowls of pasta which just happened to be served in a single large bowl. I don’t just eat dinner, I over eat dinner. I don’t just drink bourbon, I consume it.
I don’t have good eating, drinking, or exercise habits UNLESS I have a marathon or ‘half’ on my calendar. But the moment after I’ve entered my credit card, t-shirt size, emergency contact, and hit the ‘Submit’ button for the race – then it’s game time.
Spin up the FTL drive
I’m sure there’s a psychological, biological, neurological, and perhaps even zoological explanation for this phenomenon. I think I’ll call it else-discipline. I need a goal to work towards. Something to commit to. A fear of failure.
So tonight, I’ll eat one more Kit Kat bar and drink one more bourbon.
Tomorrow – One more breath. One more mile. One more race.