A Quick Glimpse into the Future of Learning

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This clip got sent around last week among some top Olympic coaches, and quickly went viral in that community. As smart coaches do, they immediately started talking about how they might use this technology as a learning tool. Click it and you’ll see why.

At first impression, it just looks like a super-cool visual effect: guys using a homemade array of 15 cameras to achieve the famed “bullet view” from the Matrix movies. (As Keanu would say, Whooaaaa.)

Now imagine that, instead of biker-dudes doing flips, you used the array to capture:

  • A great guitarist navigating a Hendrix solo — showing the fingers, the wrist angle, the touch of each individual string
  • A downhill skier executing a series of slalom turns — zoomed in on the knee angle, the weight shift, the tilt of the ankle
  • A volleyball player executing variations of each basic move: bump, set, spike
  • An elementary-school teacher managing a classroom, handling interruptions, focusing attention
  • A salesperson making a pitch, using body language and expression to create engagement

We are all visual learners. Giving people the opportunity to stare at top performers in HD slow-mo, over and over, is exactly like handing them a blueprint.

The larger point: this kind of technology is only going to get cheaper and more available. Which means the deeper question is this: how are you going to use this stuff?

Also: the future is going to be really fun.

(Big thanks to John Kessel and Peter Vint for sharing.)


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7 Responses to “A Quick Glimpse into the Future of Learning”

  1. Joe Mello says:

    Fantastic video and technology. There are so many applications where having multiple perspectives would help us learn and perform better.

  2. Chris says:

    A very small portion of this technology is being used in golf right now. Ben Hogan used a mirror to self analyze his swing. he was quoted as saying if he had video he could of accomplished his image of a perfect swing twice as fast.

  3. Rick says:

    Who and what is in your windshield for data collecting now? Pretty good stuff, thanks for sharing Dan. Just reviewed your call with Jim Kwik again over on the Superheroyou.com website, great stuff. Really enjoying your material, take care.

  4. Alex says:

    One thing that you don’t need anymore is to be able to perform the skill you are teaching, you just need to understand and show a slow motion video while you explain it and then correct while they try to mimic.

  5. I could see the benefit of comparing on a split screen the moves of a master with the same attempted moves of a beginner. Sometimes when I try to get my sons to focus on a specific accent problem they are are having with a foreign language they are learning, it helps to also deliberately exaggerate back to them their mistake so they can finally isolate where their problem is – even they had been hearing the correct prononciation the whole time. That slo-mo video style could specifically isolate the mistakes too. Thanks for curating this great video!

  6. Mike Polonsky says:

    Google “coach’s eye” to check out a simple, quick and highly effective ipad/tablet app. Many of us already have a tablet and as fast as you can download the app, you have an amazing coaching tool. I have no financial interest in this app, just a user/fan. It has side-by-side comparison, it has super slow-mo, etc. Great tool, which if you already own the tablet, costs $5. That’s pretty cheap!

  7. MrPhysio says:

    This technology (or lesser versions of it) is used in rehabilitation health care. Learning or adapting to new skills can be aided by such visual feedback & analysis, however caution should be used when trying to emulate excellence – especially in individual sports.
    The reason is that individual excellence (tennis, golf etc) occurs following natural talent, huge amounts of practise, genetic inheritance and luck (eg injury avoidance).
    Many times in many sports we see an athlete reach the top level with a new way to jump, swing, throw, hit etc. These athletes have often had coaching that developed their natural skills rather than copying what the current lead athlete was doing.
    There is a danger copying someone who is a different height, weight, proportion etc and expecting to gain the same results, etc: which is what happens around the world on a daily basis. Athletes coached this way may become very proficient however they will never be at the top.
    Therefore, skills can be learnt by various feedback methods. When excellence is required the video feedback should be tailored toward that athlete and developing their individual skills, counteracting imperfect actions.

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