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Irish firm partners with company behind supercomputer that beat human brain

Published 24/09/2015 | 08:57

Attendees gather at an IBM Watson event in lower Manhattan, New York January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Attendees gather at an IBM Watson event in lower Manhattan, New York January 9, 2014. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

Irish sports performance company ORRECO to be its first global partner of IBM in developing a software application to help athletes stay injury free for longer.

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The partnership will see ORRECO’s data spanning 15 years of sport and more than 1,700 elite athletes fed into IBM Watson, based in New York.

The new app, powered by cognitive system IBM Watson, will be called Coach Watson. Watson is the world’s first commercially available cognitive computing capability. It can process huge volumes of data in minutes, understands complex questions posed in natural language, and suggests evidence-based answers.

IBM Watson made global news headlines in 2011 after it comprehensively beat human competitors in the US game show ‘Jeopardy!’ The computer program continuously learns, gaining in value and knowledge over time, from previous interactions.

ORRECO works with elite sports stars and teams including golf major winners Padraig Harrington and Graeme McDowell, English Premier League side Newcastle United,

Its investors include early backer Enterprise Ireland, golfers Harrington and McDowell, former vice president of technology at Amazon.com Tom Killalea, and former group managing director of Glanbia, John Moloney

ORRECO’s co-founder and CEO, Dr. Brian Moore, said: “ORRECO is committed to providing holistic solutions to athletes as quickly as possible in order to help them excel while protecting them from potential illness and injury.

“Through IBM Watson’s ability to put real-time sports science in the hands of performance teams, this partnership greatly enhances the speed at which our insights can be delivered to our clients, thereby improving the power, potential and competitive edge of the whole athlete”.

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