Curling Performance Measures – An Olympic Sweep

From the What-Will-They-Measure-Next Department comes news from the world of curling – the Olympic sport in which players brush the ice in front of a sliding, 42 pound granite stone. According to the latest issue of Wired, UK researchers spent $89,000 developing a sensor-laden broom that measures the velocity of the curlers’ strokes, the strain they put on the brush, and the precise temperature of the ice at the time. “Do you want to be sweeping your heart out and not know what you’re doing? asks Mike Hay, the UK’s Olympic coach. It’s certainly something to think about!

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