Turner Sports Enhances Ryder Cup Fan Experience With Google Technology

(Courtesy of Turner Sports)

Stroll the course like the professionals do.

That’s how Turner Sports is advertising its new initiative with Google and Ubilabs round its Ryder Cup protection this week. Via a 360-diploma photograph expertise, followers may have the chance to nearly stroll round Hazeltine Nationwide Golf Membership in Chaska, Minn.

In line with Rob Smith, Director of Product Administration for Turner Sports Golf, the Hazeltine Explorer will permit for tens of millions of followers across the globe who can’t essentially attend the Ryder Cup to expertise it as in the event that they have been in attendance by means of RyderCup.com or the RyderCup apps.

Earlier this yr, Turner had preliminary discussions with Google about methods to deploy its Road View Trekker Technology and convey followers nearer to the motion even when they have been hundreds of miles away. After deciding to collaborate, the sports broadcast community walked a wearable backpack all through your complete course in Might, capturing photographs each two-and-a-half seconds to ultimately create a 360-diploma panoramic view. It was the most important use of the know-how by Google.

Turner shipped four,300 360-diploma pictures to Google, which then layered them into Google Maps. Turner solicited the providers of Ubilabs, who focuses on map experiences and integrations, and ultimately constructed a whole interactive expertise across the photographs whereas additionally incorporating different types of content material concerning the course. The interactive tour will even combine video highlights into the consumer expertise together with elevated graphs for each gap and course-particular historic moments.

For these spectators on website at Ryder Cup, followers may also have the power to stroll paths and crosswalks with the assistance of a Wayfinding function constructed on the Google Maps API. The customized map of Hazeltine Nationwide Golf Membership will give followers an in depth view of the course and improve how individuals expertise a golf occasion.