Should you spy a strange contraption hovering over Spaulding Field in the future, don’t panic — it may be the latest in UCLA’s embrace of technology.
The Bruins rolled out a new sound system on Wednesday, but head coach Jim Mora said that won’t be the team’s last high-tech addition.
“The next step — and we will get to it, it’s just going to take us a while — is they’ve got these drones now that can hover over your practice field with a video camera,” Mora said. “What we eventually want to do is get a drone because that’s another perspective.”
Tennessee tried a similar idea last week, using what looked like an eight-pronged helicopter at its spring practice. An upgrade on the cable-suspended Skycam used in television prospects, the “drones” also require that UCLA amp up its fundraising efforts. A Cinestar Octocopter, used in the film industry, can cost around $10,000.
The aforementioned sound system — the CoachComm Tempo, to be exact — looks downright medieval in comparison.
Already used at other schools such as Utah and Oregon, the system allows music, crowd noises and even voiceovers to be pre-programmed. The system also syncs to a game clock to help make practice sessions more efficient.
Mora added that he hopes the school will break ground on a new practice facility in a year. In the meantime, the Bruins are working on some upgrades to existing structures, such as replacing tarps and painting sheds. Meeting and locker rooms have already undergone some changes.
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