Earlier this year, we reported on Japan’s plans for a holographic broadcast the 2022 World Cup as part of its bid to hold the soccer tournament. If you were looking forward to this, well, we’re sorry to disappoint: Japan’s World Cup bid was rejected, and along with it went holographic broadcast plans.
For those of you not familiar with the nations proposal, Japan’s 2022 World Cup bid included plans to simultaneously broadcast matches across the world, live, to 400 international stadiums, all in glorious holographic 3D.
The idea was that soccer fans would be able to head to their national stadium to view matches. Once there, fans could watch matches on in front of them live, thanks to holographic images broadcast from thousands of miles away.
High-tech Japan has promised to treat football fans worldwide to ultra-realistic live 3-D telecasts of World Cup matches should it win the right to host the 2022 edition.
The 550 billion yen (six billion dollar) “Universal Fan Fest” project is part of Japan’s bid submitted to football’s world governing body FIFA on Friday, the Japan Football Association said Monday.
The matches would be viewed by some 360 million people at nearly 400 select stadiums in FIFA’s 208 member countries, said JFA general secretary Kohzo Tashima, chief executive officer of the bid committee.
The images would be captured from 360 degrees by 200 high-definition cameras during each match, to be transmitted as three-dimensional images, a technology that has been driven in large part by Japan’s electronics giants.
The matches would be shown on giant screens or, if technological advances in coming years allow, projected like a real match onto the pitch itself, giving viewers the illusion of watching the real thing.