Here are your best news stories of the week in the world of sport innovation
Gerard Pique group to invest $3 Billion in Tennis
After revising the Davis Cup format and adding $25M a year to the organization of the tennis nations tournament, investment group Kosmos led by FC Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique came up with a new "Winner Takes it all" competition with prize money of almost $10M – The Majesty Cup. Scheduled to start right after the US Open, 64 players will battle with only one getting the big cheque
$35M raised for Sports AI StartUp led by Japanese investors
Heed is looking to create new ways for sports clubs, leagues and teams to engage with fans and they just got a major boost from SoftBank Group International after raising $35M. The Israel Based company uses AI to understand a game's most engaging moments and IoT-based data analytics to generate new insights and send them in real-time to your mobile phone while being at the stadium/arena.
NFL heroes to help prevent concussions also in the NHL
Vicis, the official manufacturer of the latest NFL helmets aims to produce their concussion preventing gear also for the NHL. The Seattle-based company founded by a former neurosurgeon reduced the severity of head impacts by spreading the energy with an outer shell which flexes on impact and immediately bounces back, kind of like "your car bumper in an accident" says co-founder Dave Marver.
Bayern Munich started seeing football with its ears
The importance of a good home crowd is a respected and proven factor in all major team sports and German soccer giants, Bayern Munich, want to measure the influence of the fans on the team and visa versa. New acoustic camera technology by Siemens and Signal Noise is to be used on the Alianz Arena to try and visualize the relationship between the "12th man" and the players on the pitch with a 3D model of the excitement.