A closer look at innovative sports tech projects in Canada – Tech in Sports Ep. 44

All your latest sports tech news, including a 10-hour documentary on Michael Jordan, Twitch’s new 24/7 sports streaming channel, the LA Kings’ new high tech eco-friendly ice surface, and more! Plus, we chat with sports scientist and Mitacs researcher Josh Goreham about his custom analytics software program that’s helping Canada’s national kayak and canoe teams improve their performances.

Stories of the week:
  • ESPN and Neflix team up for a 10-hour Michael Jordan documentary and a four-part show with Alex Rodriguez
  • Fan engagement trivia app HypSports partners with Tampa Bay Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov
  • Twitch adds a new 24/7 streaming sports channel
  • Riddell incorporates head injury analytics software into its smart helmet
  • LA Kings use ecofriendly tech to improve the ice surface at Staples Arena
  • A high-tech ball pump
  • TopGolf makes Lyft its official rideshare partner
  • New York Jets rookie quarterback Sam Darnold practices with smart footballs
  • Wearables company Whoop rolls out a subscription service
  • A student’s facial recognition app that identifies athletes on TV may be used for the Tokyo Summer Olympics in 2020
  • University of Waterloo researchers combine wearable tech and AI to predict potential health problems
  • Smart leggings that can predict and prevent injuries
  • A school in Texas is requiring its female soccer team wear protective head gear during games
  • A concussion test is now mandatory for all Indycar drivers as part of their physical exam

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Mandy Kovacs
Mandy Kovacshttp://www.itwc.ca
Mandy is a lineup editor at CTV News. A former staffer at IT World Canada, she's now contributing as a part-time podcast host on Hashtag Trending. She is a Carleton University journalism graduate with extensive experience in the B2B market. When not writing about tech, you can find her active on Twitter following political news and sports, and preparing for her future as a cat lady.

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