The Masters Is Getting Some Serious Technological Upgrades Thanks To IBM Watson And Tom Watson

IBM has been an official sponsor of The Masters for 20 years now, and this yr’s event shall be no totally different. Besides this yr’s partnership will function IBM Watson, their cognitive know-how, and a very long time tour professional that bares the identical identify, Tom Watson.

Tom Watson is about to play his last aggressive rounds at The Masters, which begins today. The two-time winner in 1977 and 1981, will most certainly miss the minimize, however he may have extra time on tv over the 4-day event than virtually anybody outdoors of the leaderboard. Watson and Watson, will probably be featured on many, very onerous to safe, tv ads this weekend.

The commercials will showcase IBM Watson’s capability to research the sport of golf, and a golfer’s swing, as they appear again on a few of Tom Watson’s biggest moments at The Masters. The ads will spotlight a few of IBM Watson’s distinctive monitoring capabilities when highlighting the golfer’s recreation: “(Tom) Watson being 1.2 strokes higher than the sector each time there have been 10 mph winds and zero.6 strokes higher each time the humidity degree elevated by 10%.”IBM - Masters 20 Years Timeline

Moreover, IBM will as soon as once more be the driving pressure behind the more and more fashionable Masters App, and there are some updates for 2016. Their new know-how for the app will permit customers to trace each shot taken, by each participant, from the precise location on the course, in actual time. IBM has arrange small laser monitoring units on each fairway and inexperienced at Augusta Nationwide to offer followers with an aerial map of how gamers work their method by way of every gap.

The know-how big will introduce this monitoring know-how for wearables, such because the Apple Watch and Android Put on for the primary time as nicely.IBM- Masters Breaking Down Watson at the Masters

“Watson Social Media Command Middle” may even be new this yr at Augusta, and can permit patrons and Masters officers to see what, and who’s producing probably the most buzz on social media in the course of the event. Nevertheless, all of those nice improvements for participant monitoring, and IBM Watson’s capability to research the sport of golf should be achieved outdoors of the historic grounds, since The Masters formally prohibits using any and all cell telephones and Smartphones in the course of the competitors.

As we coated just lately, The Masters will even be debuting stay 4K video from the Amen Nook, with the assistance of IBM. Digital Actuality will make its debut as properly at Augusta this weekend, as NextVR is about to offer followers the prospect to expertise holes 6 and sixteen, by way of their app on suitable Samsung Gear VR units.

Tom Watson could be very enthusiastic about IBM’s participant monitoring know-how, and is an enormous advocate of know-how turning into extra of part of golf as an entire, “You possibly can comply with any golfer you need and see precisely the place they’re…as a result of on CBS they comply with only a handful of gamers…”

IBM can also be prepared to showcase all that their Watson know-how can do for golfers, they usually perceive that Tom can be of nice assist. IBM’s Sponsorship Supervisor John Kent stated “We thought the partnership with Tom can be an excellent alternative not solely to have fun his illustrious golf profession…but in addition to point out how followers and athletes, together with golfers, can harness the facility of knowledge and analytics.”

IBM, who has helped energy The Grasp’s web site for 20-years now, and two-time Inexperienced Jacket winner, Tom Watson are prepared to provide golf followers a glimpse into the potential way forward for the sport and will make the wedding of know-how and golf a practice in contrast to some other.