06 June 2017
Wearable tech has been the cherry on the cake among the news for a while now and the way it's been introduced in the field of sports is inspiring, to say the least. The latest in the sector would be the concept of a 'Smart Sleeve' which would be able to detect illegal bowling actions in cricket.
A bunch of electrical engineers from NUST University in Pakistan had pitched in the idea of developing a wearable that'd be able to determine whether a bowling action is legal or not. This came around amidst news that involved former Pakistan spinner Saeed Ajmal's bowling action.
The ICC, Cricket's governing entity rules that a bowler can't bend his arm over 15 degrees while bowling. But this rule is up to no good as there's no legit way of judging the same. The ICC still relies on an umpire's interpretation or a testing in a biomechanics lab to determine if a bowler's action is legit.
The sleeve would thus prove in handy at situations when the angle of delivery is set to a single degree of precision. But the goodness of the team's innovation doesn't stop there.
The team from NUST have also come up with an Android app by the name of CricFlex which would be able to provide information on a bowler's speed of action at the ball's release point, the amount of spin on the ball and the time it takes to complete a delivery.
Abdullah Ahmed, CEO of CricFlex, says:
"What we have developed is an affordable, wearable sleeve embedded with sensors which bowlers can wear on their arms and which can instantaneously show through a smartphone app if the bowling action is legal or not. We think that this is most needed by cricketers at the grassroots level, so we want to target cricket clubs and academies first".
The group represented at the IEEE Wearable and Implantable Body Sensor Networks Conference at MIT a couple of years ago and also won the main event at 'Startup Lahore' where they bagged PKR 1,000,000.