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Louth goes 3D with new technology hub

22nd November 2013
Louth goes 3D with new technology hub

Sports clubs and coaches in Louth will get access to cutting-edge technology to analyse and improve their game with 3D video as Onlincolnshire is set to open its technology hub in the town.

This type of technology is usually reserved for Premier League or Olympic athletes, but thanks to Onlincolnshire and the University of Lincoln, they will be able to take advantage of such technology when the facility opens in Louth on November 26.

The Louth Technology Hub is based at the state-of-the-art Meridian Leisure Centre facility operated by East Lindsey District Council, based in some of the unused space on the upper floor.

The hub will offer a range of 3D technologies to film sportsmen and women in mid-action – such as running, a batting stroke or dribbling a football – and provide statistical analysis which could improve their game. 

One aspect of the technology is called spot technology. It works by placing small spherical markers on different parts of the participant’s body, while multiple cameras emit an infrared light that reflects off the markers back to the camera. 

The camera records the motion of those markers alone, allowing the markers’ movements to be relayed back in real time as they perform an action.  

Sports clubs, groups and coaches can access free support in sessions being offered by a graduate working for the University of Lincoln. This support is also offered to other groups including businesses and the third sector. The graduate will also be conducting research that will investigate if 3D technology is effective in enhancing skill learning.

The hub will also offer businesses the chance to use a special 3D camera and innovative 3D TV that allows users to see the 3D effect without wearing glasses. The equipment purchased by the project can be used for free by eligible businesses, with just a small charge to cover insurance costs.

The equipment at the hub will be operated by a graduate working with the university. The kit can be seen in action at the launch event on November 26, which will also be attended by top sports stars including the captain of England’s women’s cricket team Aaron Brindle, Para-Triathlete and Paralympic hopeful Liz McTernan and wheelchair racer Jamie Carter.

David Mullineaux, a Professor in Sports Science at the University of Lincoln, who is running the hub on behalf of the Lincolnshire County Council-run project, said: “The aim of the new hub is to demonstrate how effective 3D display technology can be when it comes to teaching and learning skills, with a focus on sports groups and clubs.

“The hub offers businesses and sports clubs a fantastic opportunity to see how 3D video is created, and to begin to consider how it could be used in the workplace. The University of Lincoln brings expertise in 3D capture and display technology.

“Sport provides a versatile setting to demonstrate the benefits of 3D technology that can give businesses an appreciation of its application in a risk-free environment.”

Cllr Colin Davie, executive member for economic development at Lincolnshire County Council, added: “This is the third technology hub to have opened in the county, with another two in the pipeline. They offer free use of cutting-edge digital technology, giving people the chance to learn more about emerging technologies and test out the equipment.

“As well as benefits to local people and sportsmen and women, we believe that offering these resources free of charge will promote economic growth by helping local businesses and budding entrepreneurs test-drive the latest technology.”

The hub is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).