Thursday, June 21, 2018

AI Camera Brings World Cup-Like Analysis to Weekend Warriors

While the best soccer players on the planet take to the pitch in this summer’s World Cup, amateur coaches can reach for the stars by adding AI to their playbooks. Veo, a Copenhagen-based startup, has created a camera for its users to place midway on a soccer field touchline (that’s the “sideline” for U.S. readers) that captures the action across the entire field. The company is using its own object-detection model to track movement of the soccer ball to follow the game play.

Veo’s cool-looking, lime-green triangular device packs two 4K video cameras inside for use on a tripod. The cameras require their data to be transferred to Veo’s cloud service, which stitches footage together to produce panoramic videos that track the game action. In addition to enlisting GPUs from a German data center, Veo uses the NVIDIA CUDA Deep Neural Network library (cuDNN) with TensorFlow.