From Thermography to VAR: Technology applied to sport

In the recent years, technological advances are making its way in sports world. However, it should be asked in what measurement that advances are simply used at the service of the television spectacle or, otherwise, if its use in order to improve sport in essence is fully extended, with implementations and objectives obviously differents depending on the sport they are introduced.

This kind of technology has been turned into a fundamental pillar in sports industry, being pioneer in its use in many ways until reaching a point at which nowadays it’s really hard to think some sports without the presence of this tools.

Therefore, we bring you a summary of some of these technologies that have managed to improve the world of sports formation and performance.

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    Movies that every football fan should watch

    Football can’t be defined as a simple sport. Its global reach has meant that it has transcended this original concept to become part of what is usually defined as mass culture. And, as an integral part of this concept, its tentacles have been extended to other media such as literature, music or, in the case we are dealing now, cinema.

    However, long before it reached the dimension it has today, this sport was already serving as an inspiration for filmmakers. In fact, the first Spanish sound film in history is considered to be “Football, love and bulls”, directed by Florian Rey and released on 07 January 1930.

    That year, Athletic de Bilbao would win the Spanish First Division, in which only 10 teams were playing and which had formerly illustrious teams such as Real Union Club de Irun, Arenas Club de Guecho or C.D. Europa. However, the plot of the film is triggered when the fictitious goalkeeper of Triana FC fails miserably in a match against Real Madrid, which leads him to prove himself (unsuccessfully) in bullfighting with the intention of conquering his beloved and her father, who does not accept a footballer as his son-in-law.

    The film, of which no copies have been preserved, shows that the vision of the world of football has changed a lot since then, and cinema is no exception when it comes to reflecting this new reality. That’s why we wanted to make a selection of films about football, all of them released in the 21st century, which every football lover should see. 

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    Do you want to accompany us in this new adventure?

    Andres Montes, one of the greatest sports broadcasters in Spain, told in one of his most emblematic sentences that “life could be wonderful”. However, the relevant part wasn´t what he said or how he did it, but when: after a precise pass, a goal in the upper corner, a three-point buzzer beater shot…

    In Labhipermedia we are sure that when Montes put the word “life” in that phrase, he was really thinking around what his life was based on. Because sport world could be, and we venture to confirm it, wonderful. So simple (at the end, everything could be summed up in two rivals fighting to win a match) and so complex (without a tactical, technical and mental work, among other things, that opponents will hardly reach his goal) as life is.

    Nevertheless, in Labhipermedia we haven´t want to stay on the surface. That aforementioned complexity brings us to investigate in the use of technology as a driving force to improve the learning experience. That´s exactly why the main products of this company have always been aimed at sports management and formation: Azor, our multisignal wireless capture and video analysis; CloudLab, e-learning platform, and Mulppy, display system for multimedia presentations.

    This blog has been created in order to complete them. In its posts, we will analyse that aspects that inspire and motivate the creation of the company 17 years ago. Here you will find in-depth articles focused on content that could interest to every sector that support sport just like we conceive it: players, coaches, referees… And that´s not all: among other things, we will also remember past curiosities that help to understand the current affairs and we will recommend reads and films for sports fans

    Do you want to accompany us in this new adventure?