Holo­gram of ten­nis cham­pion at in­ter­na­tional mu­seum

Winnipeg Free Press - Section F - - TRAVEL -

NEW­PORT, R.I. — A holo­gram of 17-time ma­jor cham­pion Roger Fed­erer will be a high­light of the ren­o­vated In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Hall of Fame mu­seum when it re-opens next week, mu­seum of­fi­cials an­nounced Mon­day.

The Fed­erer holo­gram will tell vis­i­tors why the Swiss player loves the sport and will show­case some of his sig­na­ture shots. He was cho­sen be­cause he is a cur­rent and in­ter­na­tional ten­nis star, a mu­seum spokes­woman said.

“It was an hon­our to be asked to be the holo­gram at the In­ter­na­tional Ten­nis Hall of Fame and I was quite happy to take on the project,” Fed­erer said in a state­ment is­sued by the mu­seum.

The holo­gram will be the first of its kind in any sports mu­seum in the United States, ac­cord­ing to the New­port-based fa­cil­ity.

The mu­seum is sched­uled to re-open May 20 af­ter a $3 mil­lion ren­o­va­tion. It has been closed to the public since De­cem­ber.

Other new tech­nol­ogy in the mu­seum will in­clude an in­ter­ac­tive ten­nis trivia game and a three-di­men­sional ro­tat­ing globe that vis­i­tors can use to learn about tour­na­ments and play­ers around the world. The mu­seum will also fea­ture new built-in dis­play cases and more than 500 items that had never been dis­played be­fore.

There are cur­rently 143 Hall of Famers, in­clud­ing this year’s in­ductees: For­mer world No. 1 and two-time ma­jor cham­pion Amelie Mau­resmo of France, six-time Par­a­lympic medal­list David Hall of Australia and long­time ten­nis in­dus­try leader Nancy Jef­fett. WHISTLER, B.C. — Whistler Black­comb says it will use RFID tech­nol­ogy to cre­ate timed hik­ing trails for fit­ness buffs this sum­mer.

The re­sort’s new sea­son-long 360 Pass, valid from May to Oc­to­ber, fea­tures an em­bed­ded an­tenna that can be de­tected by scan­ners at key trail­head lo­ca­tions.

Hik­ers’ start and fin­ish times on var­i­ous alpine routes will be au­to­mat­i­cally up­loaded to a web­site, where they can com­pare their per­for­mances against oth­ers’.

“You’ll pass by the gate, a green light will go on so you’ll know that you’re be­ing recorded, and away you go,” ex­plained Rob McSkim­ming, the re­sort’s vice-pres­i­dent of busi­ness devel­op­ment.

Elite run­ning and walk­ing times will also be posted as bench­marks for guests to com­pete against.

McSkim­ming said the pop­u­lar­ity of Van­cou­ver’s Grouse Grind trail in­spired the re­sort to launch its own timed trails us­ing the RFID (ra­dio fre­quency iden­ti­fi­ca­tion de­vice) sys­tem it in­tro­duced for the 2014-15 win­ter sea­son. Other ski re­sorts have also adopted RFID tech­nol­ogy.

The timed hik­ing trails are ex­pected to go into op­er­a­tion by the end of June, McSkim­ming said.

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