I'm a sports lover and I like the Brooklyn Nets (Growing up in Brooklyn), plus I love the strategy of the game as well as the coaching and training aspects of the sport. The following is the start of a technology combination that can revolutionize sports and training. I spoke to Mark Davisson, President of 94Fifty and to Kevin King, Dir. of Advanced Technology of the company and they gave me a great overview of this product.
The design was pretty challenging, but TI along with the 94Fifty engineers managed to keep the size and weight down on the electronics inside the ball which greatly helps dampen the vibration that a dribbled, bouncing and backboard-slamming ball encounters countless times throughout a game or practice. It also helps that the rubber of the ball has a natural ability to absorb energy.
Soccer is the next obvious target in another fast-moving sport with a round ball. Stay tuned for that effort to emerge.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.