Could 360 Degree, Matrix-Style Cameras Revolutionize Hockey on TV?
December 3, 2008 2 Comments
That short, silent clip of a Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL) goaltender getting beaten top shelf might be the next big thing in televised hockey. I know I know, you’ve heard this before. Glow Puck. Rail-cam. Sky-cam. Cameras in refs helmets. Cameras everywhere. But this technology I learned about yesterday could combine all (well, some) of them into something that could make the NHL on TV flexible, telegenic, and even interactive. You never thought you’d hear those words together in a column that isn’t titled “Why the NHL is headed for failure”.
There’s been a lot of talk around the sports world about 3D-TV coming into your living rooms soon. Well, I’m not exactly sure if this is related, but I hope so, because it sounds really, really cool. You’ll have to excuse me if I get a little kid-on-Christmas with this, because I was so impressed the first time I saw it.
Michael Brown, a native of Brandon, Manitoba, is the genius behind this ridiculous new system. William Houston of The Globe & Mail has the full story, but this detail is what blew our mind most thoroughly:
Up to 72 cameras are suspended high above the playing field on an aluminium rig. The cameras track the same sequence, like a player, ball or puck – offering a 360 degree video that can be viewed from many angles.