TEnnis is renowned for arouse lots of passion from players on the field – and now Wimbledon's competitors can expect to have their tense facial expressions or festive body language explored by an artificial intelligence robot.
Wimbledon's AI machine will use visual image recognition technology to record players 'responses to instantly cut viewers' highlights at the end of the game.
In his 49th year, the championship uses "more AI than ever before" to catch up with the best pieces in a fight, including analyzing the player's body language through a live video stream and measuring audience noise through a microphone in the judge's chair.
The robot, called IBM Watson, can retrieve everything from an agonizing grimass to a festive cheers, causing him to automatically cut the point in the fight. Each point is then ranked based on crowd excitement and player gesture, allowing the team of 180 people based in Wimbledon's AI piles to "automatically generate" the best moments to highlights in just two minutes.
This year, IBM Watson has for the first time been taught "to understand the strike of a tennis ball on a racquet."