With the World Cup getting ready to start this Thursday in Brazil, the CASIT blog thought it would be nice to take a break from your usual dose of computer technology news to take a look at an innovation in sports technology.
When it comes to technology, soccer has lagged behind its peers in the professional sphere. Instant replay is currently not allowed in matches sanctioned by FIFA, soccer’s international governing body. The National Football League has had instant replay since 1986, and the last of the four major North American professional sports leagues to adopt instant replay, Major League Baseball, did so in 2008. FIFA has also been resistant to goal line technology, which would allow cameras, or microchips implanted in the game ball, to detect whether the ball has crossed the goal line.
However, after accurately detecting the 68 goals scored in last year’s FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil, a new piece of technology has been approved for use by FIFA for this year’s World Cup. Invented in Germany, GoalControl is a system that uses fourteen cameras, seven aimed at each goal, and a high-performance computer to accurately detect a ball’s movement and placement to within at least five millimeters. When a goal is scored, the referee receives a message on a specially designed wristwatch. Check out all the details in this CNET article.
Digital storage manufacture LaCie has updated their line of rugged external hard drives. The LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt drive is built to survive a 6.6-foot drop on concrete and is claimed to be dust, shock, and water resistant. The newest feature on this hard drive is a built-in Thunderbolt cable, allowing users to get up to a 387 MBps transfer rate with the solid-state drive version, and 122 MBps with the hard disk drive. The drive also comes with a detachable USB 3.0 cable.
The Lacie Rugged Thunderbolt with hard disk drive will be available in mid-June, starting at $219.99 for 1 TB. The solid-state drive version will be available in early July, starting at $299.99 for 250 GB.
We predict that at least one of the versions of the drive will be available at the UO Duck Store, which already carries the older models.
CASIT Web Services received a nice shout-out from the folks at the Adobe Typekit blog for their work on the web sites for the School of Music and Dance, the Department of English, and the Cinema Studies program. Typekit is the service that our web team uses to provide the fonts for those sites. To see more examples of the web team’s great work, check out their portfolio at http://casitwebservices.uoregon.edu.
While iOS 7 was a major and much needed update to the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch interface, iOS 8 aims to be more of a subtle redesign according to The Verge tech blog. What will change is not how the mobile operating system looks, but how it works. App Extensions will allow Apple’s default apps and third-party apps to work with each other. For example, users will be able to look at photos in the default Photo app, and then edit them using VSCO Cam filters. While these types of app interactions have been available on Android, it is a much needed feature for iOS. Take a look at The Verge’s article to see other new features of iOS 8.
Tech blog Gizmodo has a nice roundup of all of the announcements from yesterday’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference keynote. One of the highlights from the keynote is a significant redesign for Mac OS X, making it look more similar to the iOS 7 interface and increasing its ability to work seamlessly with iOS devices. For example, users will be able to start tapping out emails on their iPhone, but then switch to using their Mac if needed. Phone calls can also be taken on a user’s Mac instead of their iPhone. Other announcements include iCloud Drive, a cloud storage system similar to Dropbox, and iOS Health, a new app that allows users to keep track of their steps, sleep habits, and other aspects of their health.
Mac OS X 10.10 “Yosemite” is currently in beta and is planned for release in the fall.