In my previous blog post, God Mode for Live Action VR, I described our invention for digitizing real people performing in real environments from every angle. We do so with a high degree of visual fidelity while enabling every viewer to control a personalized view of the performance. This is so much more than 360° video where the viewer can only turn their head. With our Holographic Entertainment eXperience (HEX VR) the viewer can actually move around and explore a 3D space from any POV while watching live action.
I ended that blog post with a small bombshell that, in addition to film and TV production, the HEX VR technology can also be used in sports stadiums. It didn’t take long for us to put 2+2 together.
With HEX VR you can view a live sporting event while walking out onto the field virtually. Let’s use an NFL® football game as an example. I don’t mean you can just stand on the sideline, or sit in any seat of the front row of the stadium. Instead, you can stand on the field right behind the quarterback while he is snapping the ball, LIVE. Or you can see out of the eyes of any player on the field or sideline. Watch from the moving POV of the running back as he’s juking and spinning to find the gap in the line to shoot through. Be the safety closing in to deliver that hit and end a play. It brings an incredible feeling of kinetic energy watching a play like this. It’s like being in the game.
Wait, it’s Sunday and I don’t want to control my TV, phone, tablet or head mounted display to enjoy the game. No problem. With HEX VR you default to never before possible camera angles that can automatically keep you in the middle of the action. “Be the ball, Danny.” With HEX VR you can. When the QB throws a pass, you can watch the ball spiral in front of your face as you travel with it, arcing over the fingertips of the defensive secondary and into the hands of the receiver. My mind was blown when I realized we could do that.
What just happened? I want to see that play again! This is an area where HEX VR really shines bright. Use your mobile device or interactive remote to control the replay. You control moving time forward or backward, and at fast or incredibly slow speed. Another benefit to the way HEX VR works is that playback is not limited to the frames that were captured by a camera. Unlike today’s sports broadcasts, you can roll time forward or backward so slowly that the ball is moving only millimeters at a time.
Let’s not forget God Mode for Live Action means you are the master of both time AND space. With that incredible time replay capability, you are no longer limited by the camera angles of today’s sports broadcasts. I’ll repeat that. You control your own camera angle. Want a better view of what just happened on the other side of that player? Just move around, above, or behind him controlling the viewpoint of the replay. You can even look down and zoom in to see individual blades of grass on the turf.
What do impossible camera angles and player POV’s mean for experiencing live sports like football, basketball, baseball, soccer, tennis, and racing? That is the question we are working on every day while developing this invention. What would you do with these super powers? Feel free to comment on our Facebook page.
There are so many areas of entertainment, both live and scripted, that this invention can impact. Did I mention HEX VR sips bandwidth and is both mobile and Internet friendly? The live stream of this revolutionary viewing experience works at a fraction of the bandwidth required for today’s HD video streams. On that note... until the next blog post.