Chip-In-Ball Technology Could Assist In Making Close Calls In NFL

If you thought microchips were only good for powering your desktop, netbook and cellphone (and maybe that tracking thing within your pup), you should think again. America's most popular sport (that's football, of course) is considering using microchips to better officiate games, make better calls and avoid mistakes that could prove costly if made at the wrong time. The NFL has been using Instant Reply for some time now in order to really evaluate close calls on the field, but even those aren't perfect. Camera angles can be blocked by players, and things can happen so quickly that even when slowed down, it's hard for the human eye to tell what a call should be.


But if a microchip were inside of a football, a lot of that guesswork would be removed. That's the thinking behind the new proposal, which would use "chip-in-ball technology" in order to "help rule on contentious touchdown and first down calls. Germany's Cairos Technologies is in charge of the chip, which is also being considered for soccer (or global football) for the same reasons.


This chip-in-ball technology would essentially allow the ball to determine whether it crossed the line for a touchdown, whether it actually went 10 yards for a first down, or whether it moved before the snap. There's no question that this would be a hotly debated move; people generally do not like machines making decisions that affect the outcome of humans. There's a certain level of distrust, and of course, everyone knows that even computers can make mistakes. But another level of redundancy in an attempt to get the call right seems like a smart move to us. The NFL has yet to comment on the matter, but it's practically a certainty that this will not be ready in time for this year's season.
Via:  Reuters
Comments
sackyhack 4 years ago

I really wanted something like this for the world cup. There were so many blown calls by refs, especially the one with Germany vs. England where that one goal was about a meter in but the ref didn't allow it.

animatortom 4 years ago

Didnt they have something like this on the Jetsons:P

Next thing we will have is RoboBall :)

Good idea either way. They have acurate race chips in F1 cars and it has made a huge difference in calculating the exact times and made it more fun by allowing the cameras to track the cars exactly!

Super Dave 4 years ago

[quote user="News"]But if a microchip were inside of a football, a lot of that guesswork would be removed.[/quote]

Why not a microphone? Now that would be epic!

3vi1 4 years ago

>> everyone knows that even computers can make mistakes.

Coming from a technical site, I'm going to hope that's sarcasm.

acarzt 4 years ago

[quote user="3vi1"]

>> everyone knows that even computers can make mistakes.

Coming from a technical site, I'm going to hope that's sarcasm.

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In the NHL there have been rare instances where the puck was not detected when it went into the goal, which would normally set off the buzzer and award a point.

3vi1 4 years ago

Not a computer mistake - human error in design.

That would be a very good idea especially in time of a big championship like the Super Bowl so when the refs have to make hard decision it would make their jobs a lot more easy and would probably make people be less angry on the call because of the chip in the ball.

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