08 Jun 2010
When it comes to collecting data from drones, one of the biggest challenges is being able to synthesize all of the incoming data. The U.S. military is holding 24 million minutes of video from Predators and other remotely controlled air crafts. According to the LA Times, to help solve that problem, the Air Force and government spy satellite experts have begun working with industry experts to adapt the methods that enable the NFL and other broadcasters to quickly find and show replays, display on-field first-down markers and jot John Madden-style notations on the screen. The article also states that sports television broadcasters mark video with embedded text “tags” that later can be searched to find footage of a particular player or play. Such tags can help editors compile a highlight reel of the day’s most exciting home runs, or a retrospective of the year’s best dunks. Such a brilliant, yet simple idea. Now if only MLB used this technology for judging real-time plays, we would have avoided this.