Among the hassles you deal with at sports events, waiting in line is one of the most annoying. What if you miss the start of play because you had to satisfy a hot dog craving? The Indiana Pacers want to alleviate that headache. They’re partnering with tech startup WaitTime to shorten waits through artificial intelligence. The newly-launched system takes photos of arena lines at a rate of 10 times per second, and interprets that data to gauge not just queuing times, but also order completion times and the number of people who’ve given up. The Pacers display the wait times on screens and a mobile app to show you where wait times are short — you’ll know that a given washroom is empty, or whether it’d be quicker to grab nachos instead of a burger.
LeBron James: @nba GameTime App 2016-2017 can we please fix the box score portion. It’s to challenging scrolling through it and remembering previous stats. – NBA: @KingJames Yup, we’re on it. Dev team is working on an update today.
“This is a way more efficient way of doing this. Instead of having somebody run it out, it’s available right there in almost real-time,” VanDeWeghe told USA TODAY Sports. “It’s just the next natural step. We have the technology to do it. Teams are excited about it. They make these type of suggestions. We announced it at the coaches’ meeting. They were all in favor of it, and I think it will be great for our players.”
The league informed teams of this measure in a memo sent on Thursday. “This enhanced file sharing ability will enable coaches, players, athletic trainers and medical staff to make more informed decisions in real time,” NBA executive vice president of basketball operations Kiki VanDeWeghe wrote in the memo.