3D Telecasts as part of Japan 2022 FIFA World Cup Bid

by: Bradley Wint on May 23rd, 2010 at 6:00 pm

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As part of Japan’s 2022 bid for the hosting of the popular FIFA World Cup tournament, they have added it live 3D telecasts of matches, allowing Japanese fans to watch real matches in full 3D form, rather than through the eyes of a single camera.

What they plan to do is install 200 mounted cameras at various points aimed at the pitch, to record as many possible angles to help generate the 360 degree 3D image. Also, they plan to embed many microphones in various points on the field to capture the sound of the ball being kicked, the grunts and geers and even the referee’s whistle being blown. Sounds like they will need a lot of processing power to do all this huh? To power such a thing, they are going the eco-friendly way by generating electricity from spectators cheering and stamping their feet, as well as from solar panels on the roof of the stadium.

The final output would be a 3D match that can either be displayed on huge screens or even projected onto other football fields so fans get a realistic sense of the game without having to visit the real match stadiums.

The technology does sound a bit far-fetched, but considering what Japan has done already, a lot can happen 12 years from now.

“You may say the required technology is like a dream and smacks of a sci-fi movie, but it is important to see how technology will evolve within 12 years. I think it will be realised or become usable by around 2016. We envisage public viewing at stadiums, increasing the attendance by tens of times,” – Professor Jun Murai, Keio University

Japan recently dropped its bid for the 2018 World Cup in an effort to focus more on a proper package for its 2022 bid.

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