Do you enjoy watching NFL games with your friends? Or, maybe you are not a football fan, but maybe you enjoy watching another sport? Streaming games, whether online or on the TV, is a great way to watch your favorite sports. However, how cool would it be if you were able to watch the games in 3D? Canon announced on September 21, 2017 that they are developing a product called the Free Viewpoint Video System. It is a system made up of numerous cameras, with all different angles of the event. The cameras will be connected through a network, and through software, the recorded captures will be recreated so that the game can be viewed in 3D. This is a twist on virtual reality, making the person feel like they were at the real event. The viewers can move around the stadium, and unlike being at the real game, do not have to view the game solely from their “seats”. Viewers will also be able to feel physical stimulation from being at the stadium and from being around the players. Although there is much discussion on the use of this system to record sporting events, the system can also be used for other applications, such as training athletes. Canon will first be displaying the camera system at the Inter BEE 2017 in Chiba, Japan from November 15-17, 2017. Canon did not announce when this system will be available, only that they are developing it. With the implementation of this system, it will change the way sporting events are viewed.
For references and for more information:
Grigonis, Hillary. “Canon Wants Fans to Choose Their Own Camera Angle in This Slick New VR System.” Digital Trends, 25 Sept 2017, https://www.digitaltrends.com/photography/canon-free-viewpoint-video-system/. Accessed 28 Sept 2017.
Canon Inc. “Canon announces development of the Free Viewpoint Video System virtual camera system that creates an immersive viewing experience.” Canon Global, 21 Sept 2017, https://www.usa.canon.com/internet/portal/us/home/about/newsroom/press-releases/press-release-details/2017/20170921-CINC/20170921-CINC. Accessed 28 Sept 2017.