The approval of a device called WHOOP will give fans a new way of understanding the games they watch

WHOOP, a wearable device that can be worn on various parts of the body, is able to measure sleep, recovery and strain could potentially transform the sports industry for both athletes and fans, especially now that its been approved for in-game use by the MLB. Data collected and tracked by the device allows both players and teams to monitor the state of an athlete’s body heading into a game. Garnering both praise and excitement from the sports industry as well as concern around privacy, biometric devices and monitoring are still in their infancy and are charting new territory.

 

The data visualization that biometric technology provides will give both athletes and fans an empirical evaluation of performance rather than a subjective opinion which largely dominates analysis currently. The information will be so visually intuitive that it will need no explanation. Biometrics will give fans a visceral, on-the-court (or field) feel for the game unlike anything that has been experienced before in sport and will present whole new understanding of what it means to be ‘in the game.’

WHOOP

WHOOP, a wearable device that can be worn on various parts of the body, is able to measure sleep, recovery and strain could potentially transform the sports industry for both athletes and fans, especially now that its been approved for in-game use by the MLB. Data collected and tracked by the device allows both players and teams to monitor the state of an athlete’s body heading into a game. Garnering both praise and excitement from the sports industry as well as concern around privacy, biometric devices and monitoring are still in their infancy and are charting new territory.