Sports Video Analyzer Gets Venture Cap

Bluefin Labs has already scored $500,000 in grants
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SOMERVILLE, MASS.: BluefinLabs, a tech start-up that analyzes and catalogs sports video, has raised an undisclosed amount of money from Kepha Partners as well as $500,000 in grants, according to TheBoston Globe. The grants are from the National Science Foundation’s Small Business Innovation Research moneys. Kepha Partners is a venture capital firm in Waltham, Mass. Other current investments data-migration software for Windows; a multiplatform, mobile content company and a new search engine.

Bluefin’s software analyzes sports footage for a type of action and makes it searchable.

“Imagine being able to view all of the strike-outs in a baseball game by the starting pitcher, or the field goal attempts in a football game, without needing human beings to tag and index the video manually,” the Globe’s Scott Kirsner notes.

Bluefin’s technology grew out of Ph.D work by Michael Ben Fleischman at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Fleischman, Frank Moss, Andy Palmer and Deb Roy are said to be launching the company. Kirsner said a name-change is likely as well.

See “On the Radar: Bluefin Lab, Making Sense of Sports Video,” by Scott Kirsner at The Boston Globe.