Hologram of tennis champion at international museum
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.