Super Bowl Tech

Article from Business Week: http://www.bloomberg.com/features/2016-super-bowl-coin-toss/

This article goes into great length about what is involved and how the refs prepare for a coin toss. What history the company has that makes the coins, etc. What I’d like to talk about is how much technology is on the sidelines now in an NFL game. Each team is given a fleet of Microsoft’s tablets named the Microsoft Surface Pro 4. Like never before, coaches, players, and guys upstairs can all collaborate in real time with a level of precision and productivity that has never been seen. If the quarterback needs a visual, the quarterback coach can draw on top of film that happened from the pervious drive. The running back ran the wrong route? With the Surface pen, the running back coach can easily draw the correct route within seconds for the running back to see. This is achieved with better wireless technology, better hardware (CPU, RAM, LCD), and innovation in the tablet industries.

Giphy, the new selfie

Article from business week: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-01-28/how-two-guys-built-the-ultimate-gif-search-engine

This article describes how Leibsohn and Chung created Giphy, and their reaction to having a successful startup. Obviously they are using technology with this idea using a database to sift through countless .GIF files to capture a few seconds of famous footage. A user pulls up their website (giphy.com) and enters a search for “Peyton Manning”, and immediately the screen is filled with animated images of the all time great. Look out google, Giphy is dipping into some of your image searches with this original idea. The article also states that many people are joining the fad and posing exclusively for the Giphy team to create GIFs of them, much like a selfie. Some more cool tech under the hood is the ability to pause, play, and share the GIF from your own web site using HTML5. This furthers their methods of growing company awareness as anyone can link directly to their content seamlessly.