August 04, 2010
A German company is working on the technology to put computer chips in our footballs, according to a blabbermouth at said German company.
The idea of the chips is that they would be able to automatically determine whether or not the football broke the plane of the goal line or reached a first down. From Reuters:
The National Football League (NFL) are in discussions about employing chip-in-ball technology to help rule on contentious touchdown and first down calls, German manufacturer Cairos Technologies has told Reuters.
"Yes, we are talking. There is a demand in American Football," Cairos sales director Mario Hanus told Reuters in a recent interview on the sidelines of the Soccerex Asian forum in Singapore.
The NFL would not deny or confirm the talks. However, a spokesman for the league said on Tuesday that they are looking at expanding their use of technology.
If the technology is there, it really doesn't make any sense not to use it. I don't think it would be cost-prohibitive, either. I mean, I've got a phone that can immediately recommend the best German restaurant in the area, give me step-by-step instructions to get there, and then tell me how many sex offenders live in that area. If we can mass manufacture those, we can mass manufacture little microchips for footballs.
And what I love about this is that it's not something that would slow the game down — if anything, it'll speed it up. It's one decision we don't have to worry about humans screwing up anymore.
Of course, we'd still need officials to go in under their little hood and determine whether or not the ball carrier's knee was down when the microchip crossed the goal line, or if the ball carrier had possession of the microchip at the time. So maybe it doesn't save us that much time.
But still, it's a good first step. In the future, all players will be covered head-to-toe in dri-fit, protective microchips that serve as pads and color-changing uniforms, and can also determine possession, whether or not a player was down, and accurately measure a player's hydration levels, body temperature and amount of synthetic human growth hormone pumping through their veins.
Gracias, The Huddle.
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