Anil Kumble’s technology startup, Spektacom Technologies, revealed the Power Bat. Built in collaboration with Microsoft, the Power Bat will deliver real-time data to players, coaches, commentators, fans, and viewers, in order to visualise batting statistics with a new perspective. It will introduce a completely new dimension to batting statistics and analytics. As their broadcast partner, Star India has already tested the use of this technology in the recent Tamil Nadu Premier League. While the hardware side of things is being controlled by Spektacom, Microsoft’s role has been delivering AI and Internet of Things (IoT) services using their Azure cloud platform.
Speaking at the launch event, Kumble also lauded the ICC for its crackdown on bowlers with suspect action. The spin legend said that ICC’s proactive approach helped bring down the number of bowlers with suspect action in the last two years.
“A fair bit (has been done) from the ICC perspective in terms of looking at the suspected actions and making sure that the world cricket gets rid of that. “Over the last two years, you don’t hear too many issues (about suspect bowling action) coming up. I think overall ICC has done a great job in controlling that (issue),” Kumble said at an event here.
Had a great time at the @spektacom #PowerBat launch in the company of friends and partners. Excited to see the technology revolutionize the way fans engage with the game in time to come. #MicrosoftAI #IntelligentEdge @MicrosoftIndia @StarSportsIndia pic.twitter.com/rBcaq9h5ma
— Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) October 11, 2018
The data captured by the chip will be revealed to the broadcaster in real-time. Spektacom has also introduced a new unit called ‘Speks’ which will determine the power of a shot – more the number of specs, more powerful the shot is. The company also plans to launch an app through which data can be collected during training sessions.
Spektacom hasn’t revealed the price of this bat but Kumble said that it will be affordable. He added that the technology provides players, coaches, commentators, fans, and viewers with a unique way to engage with the sport and help improve their game.