Microsoft Hits A 6

Microsoft has been working closely with Anil Kumble's startup Spektacom to incubate and launch a unique AI-powered bat to play cricket.

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Microsoft has been creating secure and effective solutions enabling digital transformation for the era of intelligent cloud and intelligent edge and this time Microsoft has hit a six. Microsoft has given a unique sensor technology to Cricket.


Microsoft has been working closely with Anil Kumble's startup Spektacom to incubate and launch a unique power bat.

Microsoft believes in leveraging its technology and its people to help sports teams and organizations solve their toughest challenges. By leveraging the company’s intelligent cloud and productivity solutions, sports organizations worldwide are connecting with fans, optimizing team player performance,  and managing their operations in new, innovative ways.  Microsoft missions to empower every organization, the techno based Power Bat can provide real-time data on a player’s performance.

The power bat is a unique concept whereby a lightweight, Azure Sphere powered lightweight sticker is used on the bat that is completely unobstructed. In a live match, as soon as the batsman hits the ball, data on different parameters such as speed of the ball, the twist of the bat and the quality of the shots are captured in a new unit of measurement and all the different parameters to be used to get the power Speaks. Microsoft’s Axure Sphere ensures that the data is securely captured and processed.


Using advanced analytics and AI services on Azure, real-time insights are captured through the stump box and displayed via the broadcaster. During practice or coaching, the same data can be viewed through a mobile app.

“We are excited to be a part of the work Spektacom and Star India are doing to enhance the cricket experience for fans, players and coaches,” said Peggy Johnson, executive vice president, Microsoft. “We have already seen the impact that connected devices have had in other industries, and we believe that with the advancements in our AI and cloud services, this is just the beginning of what’s possible for not only cricket but all sports, ” added Peggy Johnson.

Microsoft and Spektacom have introduced this kind of unique AI technology in cricket, but are expecting the similar can be used in many sports. The power bat provides players, coaches, commentators, fans and viewers with a completely new and unique way to engage with the spot and help improve their game, powered by Microsoft Azure cloud platform using AI and Internet of Things (IoT) services.

Authored By: Divya Bishi

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