The changing technology of the NFL

At the Super Bowl 50 Media Center, legends like Joe Montana and legends-in-the-making like Drew Brees talked about the past and future of technology in the sport. 9NEWS at 9 p.m. 02/02/16.

SAN FRANCISCO – At the Super Bowl 50 Media Center, legends like Joe Montana and legends-in-the-making like Drew Brees talked about the past and future of technology in the sport.

"They used to send the photos down on big metal clips, and a wire that came from the top and slide down our bench," Montana said.

The old days of sending pictures by wire have passed.

Now, players get those picture on tablets. The next big step? Breaking video down on those tablets right after a play.

"If you're watching video, you can track who that guy is, you're able to see the development of a play," Brees said.

Brian Rolapp, vice president of the NFL, said technology advancements in the future will dramatically change how we watch the game.

"For the first time, you can track a player's movements when he's on the field," Rolapp said.

Players already wear chips that transmit where they are on the field – and in the future, those chips could transmit physical data, like heart rate and hydration.

Mike Nichols with Microsoft says their plan is to bring the live stadium experience to you at home in a 3D immersive environment.

"Take the TV and make the wall around fill out the rest of the experience, the way you would see it as a fan at the stadium," Nichols said.

There are also plans to bring the TV experience to your phone while you're at the stadium.

"When you're used to watching and see the first down, or where the field goal range is, you might miss that," Nichols said.

(© 2016 KUSA) 


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