Microsoft Garage has come up with one more offbeat innovation. Sports Performance Platform is an analytics system that aims to help teams track, improve and predict their players performance using machine learning and Surface technology.
The platform is designed to help coaches better understand player data and find ways to turn that into actionable insights. For example, the platform can help figure out when a player is at risk of injury, based on his or her most recent performance and recovery time.
The company says one of the main benefits to its sports analytics tool is that it’s powered by proprietary business tools such as Power BI (a cloud-based intelligence suite already in use by Excel, Azure and Surface computers). “Imagine making clutch decisions that are based on insight, rather than gut,” said Jeff Hansen, general manager of Microsoft Brand Studio. “The difference between a win or a loss can be decided by an extra five minutes of wind sprints, levels of hydration or getting to bed 30 minutes earlier the night before.”
Professional teams such as the Seattle Reign FC (US, National Women’s Soccer League) and Real Sociedad (Spain, La Liga) are already taking advantage of the Sports Performance Platform. Microsoft wants to bring these tools to other levels and benefit school programs and
While this platform is being positioned as an experiment, Microsoft is seeking “sports organizations and partners” to help and participate in its developmen