EyeBall, a product aimed at improving visibility in the recruitment process for overseas high school basketball players, was the big winner at the BU Spark! Demo Day April 30, capturing the Judges Choice Award. Demo Day is a biannual event where students showcase the innovative projects they’ve been working on throughout the semester.
Students can choose to pursue one of two pathways at BU Spark! the University’s technology incubator and experiential learning lab for student-led computational and data-drive projects, and both offer course credit: Innovation Fellows work on original projects—like EyeBall—while X-Lab participants help outside organizations improve existing products.
Last year, EyeBall team leader Sameer Chaturvedi (CAS’21) made contact with a basketball coach in Spain who was interested in the play-tracking software Chaturvedi was developing. The software allows broadcast-quality footage of basketball games using an affordable panoramic camera.
“We get a live-streamed feed of the game footage with a panoramic camera,” Chaturvedi says. “You can set it and forget it because the camera gets a 180-degree field of view. The livestream is pushed into our pipeline, which runs it through our algorithm that does the automatic panning. It detects the action on the court, where players are, and where the ball may be, and then it crops the 180-degree field of view that covers both sides of the court to just one side of the court.”
For Spark! the EyeBall team had to come up with a consumer-based product, so they decided to add athlete profiles, where high school basketball players can take clips from games shot by EyeBall that highlight their skills to create a visual résumé to provide to coaches along with their academic…