Engineering Innovation Podcast and Radio Series

Be The Player

PostedFebruary 5, 2017

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LEDE: Today’s Super Bowl TV viewing experience will include a new technology that offers unlimited angles on the action.

Randy Atkins: For the first time, the Super Bowl broadcast will be able to show you replays from the perspective of any player on the field…thanks to thirty-eight high resolution cameras unobtrusively positioned high in the stadium’s rafters.

Jeff Hopper: Think of the field…like a big cloud where all the camera views are pointed down there and you capture all of that in 3-dimensional space.

Randy Atkins: The technology, called “Be the Player,” was created by Intel. Jeff Hopper, of Intel Sports, says it allows them to control every square inch of that virtual cloud.

Jeff Hopper: Then take a virtual camera – not a real camera, because they’re not on the field or in a helmet or anything like that – and you can now move it in that cloud anywhere you want.

Randy Atkins: Because the system requires massive computer data crunching, it’s not yet instant…but custom replays can be generated in less than two-minutes. With the National Academy of Engineering, Randy Atkins, WTOP News.