Autonomous car technology could soon judge gymnastics competitions
Gymnastics is about testing the flexibility and strength of the human body to the near limit. Fujitsu has decided to use Lidar, which is used in autonomous cars to sense other vehicles, people and animals nearby, to help or even replace the judges in gymnastics contests.
How does the technology work?
The technology will Lidar scanning to create 3D images of the gymnasts bodies and reveal how the skeleton works in progress. Giving the judges a better view without being distracted by the sweat muscles and body.
It can judge the angle of their joints, bones and leg muscles of a accuracy level of just 1 cm off of the real subject. Fujitsu is even planning to add artificial intelligence to help with judging routines.
The joint-recognition technology will soon be tested at upcoming International Gymnastics Federation World Cup event and will be used at the 2019 World Champions. By 2020 automated scoring could come into effect.
Although, Fujitsu isn't planning to get rid of the judges anytime soon, but instead aid them with the judging process. It seems that autonomous cars won't only shape the way we shall drive but the future of many sports with gymnastics probably just being one out of many that shall soon follow.