I spent many many hours shivering on the sidelines as my kids went through their elementary and middle school soccer careers. And while I did occasionally try to catch the moment on video, it rarely went well; I have a few blurry shots of missed kicks and none of anything you would put in a highlight reel.
So startup Peeq, launching its video highlight system at Highway1 Demo Day in San Francisco this week, definitely got my attention. Even though at this point Peeq is focused on semi-pro and collegiate athletes not kids’ soccer, it’s easy to see how the system could quickly trickle down to the pre-teen athletics scene.
Peeq’s setup for capturing personalized sports videos uses multiple phones and sensors—but users could bring their own phones.Photo: Tekla Perry
Peeq’s system requires that each athlete who wants to be featured in a highlights reel wear a tracker—the company will sell these for a price yet to be announced. The athletes (or their parents) place mobile phones, running the Peeq app, on tripods around the field; a demo video used 14 phones and 100 trackers, but the system will work with far fewer. After the game, cloud-based editing software creates personalized highlight reels; Peeq plans to charge teams or venues subscription fees for the service.
The company raised US $1.3 million to date and has been pilot testing the technology, it is working on pulling in another $3 million in investment to roll it out to sports teams.
Tekla S. Perry is a senior editor at IEEE Spectrum. Based in Palo Alto, Calif., she's been covering the people, companies, and technology that make Silicon Valley a special place for more than 40 years. An IEEE member, she holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Michigan State University.