The Eagle-Eye is a ball-tracking system created by Ian Taylor. It is equivalent to the Hawk-Eye, which is created by Sony. It comes with a subsidiary, known as the Virtual Eye.
This kind of tracking system is used to enhance the understanding and comprehension of viewers of cricket matches and other sports. It is also used to deliver viewpoints for officials and cricket enthusiasts that television cameras miss.
The technology offered by the Eagle-eye includes graphics and animation that allows umpires, players, commentators and fans the opportunity to view a cricket match through a unique and clear lens. This technology combines depth analysis and broadcast coverage of the game in real time.
Eagle-Eye and Cricket Facts
The system behind the technology of the Eagle-Eye was first presented during a Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand in 2009 at the oval of Dunedin University. After this event, the system was adopted into the Decision Review System by the International Cricket Council.
Since the adoption of the Eagle-Eye and its subsidiary, the Virtual-Eye, players on the field have the opportunity to challenge decisions being made by umpires. The players can now make appeals during a specific match such as proper implementation of rules like the Leg Before Wicket Rule (LBW). The information given by the system allows third umpires to overturn or uphold these decisions.
Importance of the Eagle-Eye
The Eagle-Eye system works best because of its high-frame and first-rate cameras. These cameras track the center of the ball right from the moment it is released by the bowler to the time it touches the bat. The system does not only track the ball, but also comes with a software that calculates the precise movement or track of the ball in a three-dimensional space. After that, it predicts the path of the ball.
Once the prediction has been made, a three-dimensional arc is produced. This is made possible through the calculations of the release, bounce and impact of the ball. Next, the arc will be overlaid into the wicket to wicket camera, or to another broadcast camera. The data that is being provided in this broadcast camera, will help the third umpire overturn or reinforce the decision made by the umpire.
There are also other elements that play a major role in allowing key people to come up with a good cricket game analysis like pitch maps, wagon wheels and field placements. In addition to providing a good data set for game analysis, the system of the Eagle-Eye also allows teams to make use of the data to create strategies to improve bowler and batsmen’s skills.