A collection of Sky Sports TV personalities put some of TV’s most exciting gadgets to the test in The Great Tech Race.
Soccer AM’s Tubes, Nasser Hussain, Carl Froch, Will Greenwood and Natalie Pinkham were the stars battling for glory as they each race one piece of technology around a racetrack.
The devices being raced, and each ‘driver’ are listed below, and the video makes for all the entertainment you would expect!
Raced by F1’s Natalie Pinkham
The Sky Cart is an analysis tool that is a regular feature in a wide range of Sky’s sports including cricket, rugby union and Formula 1. It will next be used at The Ryder Cup. The Sky Cart uses industry-leading graphical analysis allowing pundits and players to interact with the game footage.
Raced by cricket’s Nasser Hussain
The BATCAM (AerialCameraSystems Drone) gives Sky Sports viewers an aerial perspective of the action that may previously have been restricted to helicopters (such as golf fly-throughs). BATCAM was recently used at the Vitality T20 Blast Finals Day at Edgbaston and is regularly used on big Premier League games and Cup Finals, as well as boxing, athletics and rugby.
Raced by Soccer AM’s Tubes (Peter Dale)
The BATCAM Drive is a 35mph small kart that will soon take to Walton Heath for the 2018 Sky Sports British Masters, giving viewers an up-close and personal look at the play on the course. It is usually used in cricket and gives a unique shot – that had never been seen before it was put into use – without obstructing regular camera shots.
Ref Cam and Umpire Cam
Both raced by rugby’s Will Greenwood
Will Greenwood is racing with both the Ref Cam, attached to his chest, and the Umpire Cam, worn on his hat. Both pieces of technology are designed to bring the viewer closer to the action on the pitch! The Ref Cam is worn by the likes of Nigel Owens and Wayne Barnes in Sky’s rugby coverage and is also used regularly in rugby league. It will next be used in the Autumn Internationals.
The Umpire Cam is used solely in our cricket coverage, to add another angle and give a different perspective on the way we watch the game. It is always placed in the umpire hat (hence Will’s headwear).
Steadicam on a Segway
Raced by boxing’s Carl Froch
The Steadicam camera is used in most sports coverage on Sky, however, to have a cameraman operating a heavy camera on a Segway is less common. It is used in Sky rugby matches and is famously the camera that took out Usain Bolt during his celebration in Beijing (though not by us!).
Watch the video below and see who came out on top…..