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The Augmented Reality America's Cup 33

First time accepted submitter Tekla Perry writes "In 'The Augmented Reality America's Cup' Stan Honey and Ken Milnes describe the positioning, communications, graphics, and augmented reality technology they developed that will be used in the upcoming America's Cup races and, they hope, will change the way sailing is televised and watched forever after. Honey and Milnes pioneered car navigation with the startup Etak, and changed the way we watch football on TV with Sportvision's yellow line."
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The Augmented Reality America's Cup

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  • The metrics available for viewers have long been a hallmark of the America's Cup. They just keep getting better every time it comes around. I look at it as a hint to what other sports will eventually provide as well as what may trickle down into the consumer arena.
  • I for one welcome our robot yacht-enabled overlords as they race using green technology and relay doctored information back to us for bread and circuses.

    • by msauve ( 701917 )
      One Rich Asshole Called Larry Ellison.

      This isn't sailing, it's a contest of technology and money.
  • Nobody's watching (Score:5, Insightful)

    by MrEricSir ( 398214 ) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @07:40PM (#44712173) Homepage

    Who cares? This is a race where Larry Ellison had to pay other teams to race against him. Turns out people don't want to watch some billionaire's ego trip just because it's presented in a sports format.

  • by rgbe ( 310525 ) on Thursday August 29, 2013 @07:41PM (#44712179)

    Animation Research Limited in New Zealand pioneered this way back in 1992 for the America's Cup in San Diego. It was revolutionary, what's in the article above is just evolutionary.

    Some pix I could find of the original, seem to be not many around:
    http://arl.co.nz/index.php/arl-news/131-what-does-it-take-to-be-world-class [arl.co.nz]
    http://arl.co.nz/index.php/arl-company/arl-history [arl.co.nz]

    Here is was Animation Research Limited are working to today:
    http://virtualeye.tv/index.php/the-sports/virtual-eye-sailing [virtualeye.tv]

    • Well... Virtual Eye "...provides real-time 3D graphics of Cricket, Golf, Formula 1 and Sailing for broadcasters"

      While this is neat and takes lots of sensors as well, they create 100% CGI views by virtual cameras.

      This article however is about real-time augmented reality overlays on live video
      shot from boats and helicopters. That's a lot more impressive.
  • People actually watch sailing in any numbers? I thought it was mostly something TV stations showed to be able to sell advertising slots to Rolex, who value the eyeballs of the 0.1%.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    These boats are truly incredible. 3-4 times wind speed, 55mph top speed, 7 tonnes and rigid wings the size of a 747 wing. They are racing at speeds that would have held the all-comers sailing speed records 20 years ago.

    The americas cup is the oldest internationally contested sporting competition in world, and is a lot like F1 where winning means you need to have a combination of great drivers, great fund-raisers and great engineers - so there are a ton of elements to combine on and off the water that help

  • The last meaningful America's Cup races were held in the late '80s. Somebody squinted hard enough at the 12-meter rules and entered a multi-hull. Now it's just a matter of who spends the most money on a carbon fiber boat with a wing sail. This is a sailing race of fundamentally unseaworthy vessels. It would be literally be safer to cross an ocean in a dinghy than in one of these monstrosities.

    Come September, do yourself a favor. Watch Deep Water on Netflix. Read any book on Ernest Shackleton. Read any Lin

    • by cis4 ( 2565359 )
      You mean the races aren't over yet? I live in the bay area, and it feels like they've been going on forever. And I keep wanting to say only one team is competing?
    • Somebody squinted hard enough at the 12-meter rules and entered a multi-hull.

      Nope, the Kiwis (Michael Fay) were pretty pissed off with Dennis Connor for accusing them of cheating by entering "Plastic Fantastic" [wikipedia.org], and so under the Deed of Gift challenged them to a match in 90ft yachts (the largest allowed), Dennis Connor entered a multi and the Kiwis went with the Big Boat - it was a disaster, similar to the "match" 22 years later.

      I agree with the sea worthiness bit, but at least ETNZ can suffer a 30kt deceleration in 2s [youtube.com] with very little to show (torn trampoline and damaged fairing).

      • by ah.clem ( 147626 )

        That is certainly one way to look at it; another is that Conner acted the complete douche and, through bad behavior, humiliated himself, the US and the spirit of the race by whining after being beaten fairly and decisively, then used "American Smarts" to weasel waterline lengths to build and campaign what he thought would be a "face-saver" that turned out to be another US humiliation, as he figuratively had his crew dragging their feet in the water in an effort to under-sail a high performance multi against

        • Don't get me wrong, I think Dennis Connor was a complete dickhead - I was just trying to be a bit more impartial that I had to be. Unfortunately, OTUSA appear to be doing a Connor and trying to manipulate the rules (Ruddergate & Weightgate), and what's novel is that Coutts (the man who took the Cup back from Connor) is the man who is dragging it down.

          Yes, using match racing production hulls would vastly improve the competition, but the AC (like Formula One) is supposed to be about development which excl

          • by ah.clem ( 147626 )

            Anyhow, I think we might be on the wrong forum.

            Agreed. Perhaps one day we'll cross wakes in the "roaring forties", heave to and share a libation or two. Now, that would be a story!

  • The level of technology reached during this America's Cup is truly amazing. It is funny and scaring to watch those katamarans flying over the water at 30 to 40kts and the level of awareness and skill gained by the crew.

In seeking the unattainable, simplicity only gets in the way. -- Epigrams in Programming, ACM SIGPLAN Sept. 1982