Boxing is a sport where men and sometimes very tough women get into a ring and knock the ever-living crap out of each other. It is a test of will, stamina and strength. Some say the one-on-one nature is the epitome of what sports competition is. To watch two people go through the rounds of boxing match seems to be something that we all can relate with, whether it is symbolic of life or our innate competitive nature.
To box competitively long hours of training is required and this takes its toll on sparing partners. Without sparing partners it is difficult to practice. So far there is no robot, which has been developed to move, weave and bob, like a professional fighter. No robot exists which can move that quick, block and dodge or one, which can hit back and actually make contact with a skillful human boxer.
Imagine sparing with your partner, which is Sugar Ray Leonard and fighting his holographic image? Imagine fighting his exact Olympic Game fights, step for step, right there in the ring with you? You would be able to stand behind him, making the punches or in front of him, dodging them and then taking the shot when you could? Once you got good you might even stand inside of him like a choreographed routine. Can you imagine the moves you might learn fighting Rocky, Sugar Ray, Jerry Foreman or Mohammed Ali?
Holographic Technologies are getting closer to becoming reality and soon we can see the data on our computers in 3D, 4D and 5D. We will enjoy Virtual Reality on our 360 X-Box in our living rooms. Military strategists and war fighters can play out the battle in the virtual battlespace in advance and then watch it un-fold in real time. Great, great grandchildren will be about to meet past ancestors and watch a holographic video. We will communicate in video conferencing with the image of the other people sitting next us, but not actually there. All this is on its way and even more, as the applications are endless indeed.
But one of the greatest uses of these new technologies will be in training of high impact intensive sports and Boxing is certainly the perfect application to train our athletes for competition or to represent the United States of America in the Olympic Games. Think on this.