SAN FRANCISCO -- We are passionate about sports. Just check the TV ratings. That passion has merged with our fascination with technology to produce a growing list of applications that make sports safer and more fun to watch.
Technology has become an integral part of sports, both for participants and viewers. Athletes are using technology to play more smartly or safely and viewers are getting an increasingly immersive experience, both at the stadium and in the home.
This often creates a conundrum for sports leagues: How much should they embrace technology? Instant replay, for example, is an accepted part of American football, while baseball holds it at arm's length.
Greater proliferation, adoption
One of the earliest uses of technology was in horse racing, where thoroughbreds often crossed the finish line simultaneously, and were moving so fast the human eye often couldn't distinguish winner from runner-up.
Assuming gambling had as much as influence on technology adoption as it has other sports, stop-motion cameras were rolled out at race tracks around the world.
What follows are 10 amazing technologies that sports and athletes have adopted.
First stop: camera technology triggered as horses (and runners) crossed the finish line to determine who won a close race. The technology and technique of "strip" photography dates to the mid-19th century, was first used in the 1912 Olympics and made its way into horse racing in the 1930s.
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