Despite the fact that progress is moving forward by leaps and bounds, some things remain the same. For example, football and hockey. However, this does not mean that the future will not make its own adjustments to people's sports addictions. Experts are already predicting the emergence of new sports, which will turn from fantasy into reality.
Virtual real racing
Unusual races that take place simultaneously in reality and in virtual space can attract millions of viewers thanks to the development of two professional drivers and race participants Ben Collins and Matt Powers. They raced their cars on two different tracks in Los Angeles, then donned VR helmets and combined their races into one computer. The track on the screen as a whole repeated the physical one, but there were additional "dangers" on it, such as stones falling from the sky or columns of steam beating out of the ground. “We reached the absolute limit, and it's amazing that the brain was able to cope with it,” commented the double race Ben Collins, by the way, won the competition.
This type of racing was simply destined to appear as soon as the first drones were launched into the sky. The drone racing league competitions will be held on February 22 this year in Miami. This will be the first such competition. The speed of the participants will be up to 129 km / h. The route promises to be varied, including abandoned buildings and metro lines. At the same time, the drones are equipped with cameras connected to the helmets of the people who control them. Thus, people will also be "participants" in extreme races. According to the head of the Racing Drone League, Nicholas Gorbachevsky, this experience can be compared to a computer game. Another feature of racing will be that the drones themselves do not belong to the "pilots" who control them. The aircraft are made by the league specifically for racing and will be a test of flying skills for humans. The further plans of the league include the organization of the world championship, the venue of which has not yet been determined.
Giant Robot Battles
The game of toy soldiers not only grew, but reached a gigantic scale. Sparring of the future will be attended by multi-meter robots, which, in particular, are promoted by the well-known American company MegaBots. Recall that in the summer of last year, the American robot builders who created the giant combat robot Mark-2 challenged their Japanese colleagues from Suidobashi Heavy Industries, who created the Kuratas robot. The Japanese then accepted the challenge. True, the date of the battle has not yet been set. According to the founder of MegaBots Gui Cavalcanti, the purpose of the fight is not a specific confrontation, but to popularize the fighting of humanoid robots as a sport (previously, the Hollywood blockbuster Real Steel made a significant contribution to this). “We always wanted to create a league of robot fighters,” Cavalcanti explained to reporters. Earlier, the company tried to raise funds for the first robotic sparring using crowdfunding, but the idea failed. “People have not yet figured out if this is the sport they will be watching. There are great ideas and plans, but there is no evidence that it is really spectacular,”said Cavalcanti. The Mark-2 is 4.5 m tall and is operated by two human operators sitting inside the robot. It moves on a caterpillar track and is equipped with machine guns that shoot paintball balls.
Flying in an enclosed space
Bodyflight is not the future, it is already a reality.Crazy popularity on the YouTube channel in January of this year gained a video of the performance of the Russian athlete Leonid Volkov at the World Wind Tunnel Dance Championship (Windgames 2016), held in Spain. During the performance, which is at the same time similar to figure skating, parachuting and swimming, the participants need to complete a certain number of maneuvers in a wind tunnel in a certain time. At the same time, athletes can perform both in a single program and in a team of up to four people. The ascending air flow in such a pipe reaches a speed of 270 km / h. He is able to tear an adult off the ground with a force of up to 130 km / h. For the first time, free flyer dances were shown at the 2006 Olympics in Turin.
Football is a rather traumatic sport, but a penalty kick does not interfere with the robots-football players, and they are not afraid of sprains with fractures. In June this year, the 20th RoboCup, a full-fledged football match between teams of robots, will take place in the Chinese province of Anhui. The previous championship, held in Australia, was won by mechanical athletes from South Wales. The organizers of RoboCup set themselves an ambitious goal: to create a team of robots by 2050 that will beat professional people in football. Robots-football players are divided into three classes: KidSize with a height of 30-60 cm, TeenSize - 100-120 cm and AdultSize - 130 cm and above. They play with a beach handball ball. In robot football, there are two periods of 10 minutes with a break of 5 minutes.