Andy Murray is Britain’s top tennis player, currently ranked 9th in the world, and is seeded 8th in next week’s US Open. He gave an e-mail interview to Smithers Apex in advance of that company’s Wearable Technology UX conference in September; he talked about what professional athletes already have in terms of data and what they need, and how wearables in sports might change the experience of spectators.
It’s one things for journalists — especially tech journalists — to talk about wearables and sports. It’s quite another to have a world-class athlete talking publicly about the state of the art. Highly recommended quick read.
“Ultimately though I use technology because it helps me understand what I’m doing, and helps me improve. If it doesn’t do that, I won’t bother. And I’m no different to anyone else on that. The coveted question is a different one, because that’s a question of looks as much as anything. Looking around at the moment, you’d probably say not many people have cracked it. But it will come, and if it works for me, I’d love to be wearing it.”
(Disclaimer: Wearable Tech Insider and Center Ring Media were media sponsors of Smithers Apex’s Smart Fabric 2014 conference.)