Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), or drones as they are commonly called, are gaining in popularity as consumers find new uses for the technology. Like all good products however, the benefits of these devices are beginning to emerge, with professional sports teams now making use of them to get ahead of their rivals.
This is great for the growing industry, highlighting the range of uses for drones and elevating them far beyond hobby status. With a couple of high-profile National Rugby League (NRL) teams making use of the technology, it is likely that others will soon follow suit.
In a report published on April 2, The Daily Telegraph discovered that the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Parramatta Eels have purchased UAVs to give them an edge. This marks a massive step forward from their older methods, where scaffolding or cherry pickers were combined with still cameras to try and capture the players an action.
UAVs are much more flexible, with the ability to be controlled by a person on the ground, which in this case allows coaches to focus on specific plays, maneuvers and players to ensure the team is operating at its peak.
The inspiration comes from the NRL's spidercam, a camera suspended on wires used to broadcast matches from an overhead angle. Teams realised they needed a solution that allowed them to replicate these images in their own training sessions, to effectively analyse the good and the bad before they take to the field in competition.
This opens up the door for a number of other sports to follow suit, with the high-definition cameras attached to the UAVs providing an unparalleled image quality. Combined with the unique angles they can film from, these aspects result in a solution that provides a whole new weapon to a team's training arsenal.
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