Microsoft Unboxed: Technology in Sports (Ep. 3)


>>Welcome to Microsoft Unboxed. [MUSIC].>>Every week we’re
going to be discussing the latest and greatest
stories coming out of Microsoft and the people behind them. I’m one of your hosts, Sonia Dara, and here’s my friend Colleen
O’Brien, your fellow co-host.>>Hello everyone.>>So, each of us has a set of stories that we’ll share to one another. But I don’t know what
Colleen is going to say.>>Correct.>>She doesn’t know
what I’m going to say. We’re going to be discussing.>>You looked at me with, like, panic in your eyes.>>Because I forgot the next words. Okay. Today’s theme is tech in sports. Sports ball. Do you
play any sports balls?>>My athletic days
are pretty much over. I consider myself a retired athlete.>>But you played a bunch, right?>>I was a three sport athlete
in high school; field hockey player, track
runner, and tennis player.>>Wow.>>Yeah. You played sports
in high school too?>>Okay, story time. I am very tall. You can’t tell while I’m sitting,
I’m about six feet tall.>>So, basketball star?>>Right, obviously. I played
basketball for three years in middle school and I
didn’t score once.>>In three years?>>In three years. I
played every game. I was in the starting
lineup and this is back in middle school
when top scorer was 20. I would just stand there
and keep my hands up and I just never scored.>>So, you were the intimidation factor because
you weren’t put in the numbers.>>No because I would apologize to them. I would run into a girl and I’m like sorry and my coach would be like “Sonia you don’t have to apologize to them when you’re
trying to get the ball.”>>I had a similarly abysmal
basketball experience. My brother actually told me that
I was embarrassing our family.>>There are a lot of O’Brien’s
too, that’s pretty bad.>>I know, a lot of people to shame. You know when you’re, you’re dribbling
down the court and you’re supposed to do a lay up, I would dribble down the court, stop and then try to shoot it in.>>We were very good at
spectating. It’s good chat.>>Good chat.>>So, moving on to
story time officially, mine is around Microsoft’s involvement
in sports around the area, the Seattle Storm is our women’s WNBA basketball team
here in Seattle. They are amazing, they keep
winning championships. So, there was this workshop
that Microsoft did with them for
the Boys and Girls Clubs, that there’s not just the sports
that you can play, but there’s also the
math behind and it was a clinic hands-on training. Basically, how STEM can
relate to basketball skills. So, you could test
your vertical jumps like, how tall would you have to be to dunk on the moon and
time that in together.>>Is it easier, is it harder?>>Definitely harder.
Imagine dribbling and it just shoots off into
outer space you’re, “Okay, I guess that’s
the end of the game guys.”>>L to L. That’s what I remember. L to L, L to L.>>You’d need
gravity playing into it, you know how it bounces. So, this is what they’re
teaching the girls. Also like impactful there jump was, vertical and a lot of
other mathematical terms.>>What a cool way to do
some storytelling around math. I don’t know, I’m trying
to think back to link the word problems that I
had and it was always like, Betty has four oranges, she wants three lemons.>>I don’t think that
works. That was a magic>>They seemed like so obscure and what an awesome way to tie your learning into something
that they care about.>>Bring it together. Tangible.>>Yeah.>>Bringing into a tangible area in an arena they’re comfortable with. A lot of these boys and girls
have been watching basketball, but they didn’t really feel
comfortable playing it. So, combining almost two
uncomfortable scenarios into one and making it such an easy entry
point and low barrier to entry, I think it’s a really
interesting way of just giving back to
the community also. I thought what was really good about this clinic in particular is a lot of women providing the coaching to
other women, into the girls. They can actually see in picture
their own idol just like a really good safe zone for these girls to actually
feel comfortable.>>There are significant benefits to more women getting
involved with coaching. Including focusing less on winning or the exclusively
competitive nature of sports and more about
the lessons that we can all learn from being on sports teams and playing competitively in games.>>True.>>More of those life lessons
less of the win-loss focus.>>We must win.>>Yes, exactly.>>It isn’t USA,
Iceland D2 Mighty Ducks. Yeah.>>Great movie.>>Although they did learn a lot.>>They did learn a lot.>>There is a lot of
good lessons from that one.>>I’m going to be talking
about Anil Kumble, who is a cricket player.>>Sounds Indian.>>He is Indian.>>Yes.>>Anil also has
a deep interest in technology. Cricket does not have a ton of
technology integration as of today. In 1999, they of course
introduced the speed gun, like when you’re driving
down the street and a police officer is monitoring
how fast everyone’s going. Since then, they have started introducing these
multi angle cameras, like we have here today. Being a spectator in a cricket
game became much cooler and more interactive when you could see not only the field or
the pitch from your seat, but also from all of
those different angles. Both of these technology advancements were really focused on the bowler. Even though Anil was a bowler, he said that cricket
is a batman’s game.>>Batman. He said it, I guess.>>I know. He wanted to
focus on the batman. Anil is working at Spektacom
now as a technologist, and he is partnering with Microsoft
to create this Power Bat. Power Bat has an IoT sensor.>>What?>>Like the size of a credit card, it would fit in your wallet and
they sticker it to the bat. So, in real time, that IoT sensor is collecting data
about the batting experience. It’s monitoring quality,
which I came to understand is where on
the bat the ball is hitting, bat speed, twists,
body twist, and then power. So, they’re using that
Intelligent Edge of the bat, transferring the data to
the Intelligent Cloud Azure. Then you have access
to all of this data about your performance on the pitch, but also over time. So, you can see where
you’re improving and then focus more of your workouts
or your preparation for play. They’re already using
this Power Bat in local cricket organizations
and they’re thinking about ways to not only use the data to make the player experience better, but also to figure
out how can you make the fan experience better as well.>>I’m picturing the sensor
that they put on the bat. Imagine if we put that on
the ball that we had on the moon and then it could tell
us how to properly dribble and give us
all the feedback like, hey, if you dribbled
it a little lighter and it return back to you not
go flying to Mars.>>That’s the only way that you could get good at
basketball on the moon.>>Only way.>>Yeah.>>The only way. It is
really really interesting to see all these smart applications
in usage of IoT.>>Unfortunately, this box
is not yet smart.>>It’s not yet smart. But that is a great transition to our next
segment called Outside of the Box. I’m going to pick a question for you.>>Okay.>>You have 30 seconds to answer it.>>Fantastic.>>Okay. Colleen, if
you could only eat at one restaurant forever,
what restaurant would it be?>>I would eat at Chipotle.>>Wow, really? I was not expecting that.>>Yeah, I don’t know
if that’s my answer.>>Do you even normally go there?>>I never go there,
but I was thinking, what’s the place where
you can eat pretty healthfully and have some variety. I never eat there. I don’t
know why I said that.>>I thought you’d pick
a sushi Japanese place.>>I’m embarrassed by my choice.>>It’s okay.>>You’re right. I think I probably would choose a ramen restaurant.>>But you don’t want just ramen because your sodium levels
would be like.>>That’s exactly what I was thinking about when you
asked me this question. I was like I can’t say that
but I have to say something.>>Yes.>>What part of elementary school
do you wish you can incorporate into your adult life?>>Oh my God. Easy,
kindergarten nap time.>>You had nap time in kindergarten?>>Yeah.>>We do that.>>It was rest time and
you just had to be quiet. I think it’s for
the teacher’s sanity of just please be quiet for 30 minutes. I’d say preschool is
definitely proper nap time. But if I could bring that back in, it’ll either be
nap time and/or a recess, but probably nap time only.>>Or do you want a
full-on bed at work?>>No pods. I wouldn’t want
to be comatose at work. I would want it just a little snoozer or be refreshed and
then keep working.>>All right. Good answer, nap time.>>I had that ready, it was scary.>>All right. We’re officially
done with this segment.>>We’re not sticking to
any particular order at all. Please submit questions for the box. We will be answering them in
all of our episodes every week, so keep them coming and send
them to the email address below.>>Please remember to subscribe to our channel and we will
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12 thoughts on “Microsoft Unboxed: Technology in Sports (Ep. 3)

  1. I just laugh when people talk bad about xbox like it's the only thing Microsoft has going on. Sony sucks at everything else but consoles.

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