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Tour de France Tech Present + Future

Engadget has an article on the timing system that was deployed at this year's Tour de France which uses a mixture of cameras and transponders to report when the riders cross the line, no small feat if you've seen a race finish. It also results in fairly cool, surreal finish line photos (notice the spokes on the bikes).

Meanwhile, a technology that's still in trials will allow TV broadcasts to track riders via satellite and do cool things like show their relative positions using 3D animations (6MB video). I think this technology would help introduce people to the sport, as one of the hard parts about watching cycling is figuring out where everyone is relative to the course and relative to each other.

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