Colin Edwards’s novel idea for using sensors to measure the heart rate, core body temperature and hydration levels of NFL players while they’re on the field was good enough to win him tickets to the Super Bowl and $50,000.
Edwards, who lives in Seattle, won Microsoft’s first-ever “Imagine Bowl,” technology contest on Friday, according to a story published by the Associated Press. Edwards conceived of placing Radio-frequency-identification (RFID) sensors into a player’s pads to create a fatigue index. Under Edwards’ plan, the information would be transmitted in real time to coaches and help them make substitution decisions.
Edwards, who works for Alexander Exhibit, an engineering and construction firm, was chosen over two others. One conceived of putting miniature cameras into a player’s face mask. The other idea was to use augmented reality to give fans watching from inside an NFL stadium some of the same viewing experiences as those watching from home.