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5 sport technologies we love... and 5 we hate

Tech has changed sport, not always for the better

Many technologies can enhance a fan's enjoyment of sport. Some others are just plain annoying. Here's five that we love and five that we're not so keen on.

Games on demand

With the invention of Sky+ and digital video recorders you can now record sports events and watch them when you want. You can even pause watch a live broadcast of a game and pause it mid-way through to grab a beer without worrying about missing any of the action.

It gets even better in the US, where the major sporting leagues offer cable packages that let you watch every single game, all season long, and even watch live action from a half-dozen games at once with a split-screen format.

Thus far in the UK this is available only for Champions League matches.

Electronic pin locators

You won't see Tiger Woods using one, but amateur golfers could shave a few strokes off their scores with new devices that calculate one's distance from the pin.

One such device called the Leica Pinmaster shoots a laser at the pin to measure distance, helping you decide whether to use the six-iron or the seven. With any luck, lost golf balls will someday be a thing of the past as well, with new gizmos that help duffers find balls hit into the rough or woods.

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