Holographic TV dreams in Japan 2022 World Cup bid

Forget 3D TV, Japan is promoting the idea
of ultra-realistic holographic broadcasts and the ability to zoom a virtual camera in
behind players on the pitch if it secures the 2022 World Cup. The country feels it proved its logistical
skills when it successfully co-hosted the 2002 World Cup with South Korea, so is now
pushing advanced technology as a central pillar of its bid. Japan proposes expanding the World Cup to
all 208 FIFA member nations through fan-fest events that will feature live, holographic
coverage of the games. Fans will gather in stadiums thousands of kilometers from the
action and watch the games as if they are taking place in front of their eyes. Suminori Gokoh, Chief Director, Japan 2022
Bid Committee We think its now time to give something back
to the world as a contribution and our starting point is to deliver the joy of football not
only to the hosting country but all over the world. Free Viewpoint Vision is an equally futuristic
idea that will give fans the ability to fly around the pitch and watch the action from
any angle. Suminori Gokoh, Chief Director, Japan 2022
Bid Committee “As if you were not only in the stadium but
on the pitch. You can choose every angle you like to see. Player’s actions, and referees
and gaols. Everything The technology, if realized, could give viewers
the sort of camera angles that have only been possible in video games. And Japan is also working on an application
that will help fans communicate through automatic translation — like a real-life version the
universal translator in the TV show Star Trek — and bring all sorts of information to
fans through augmented reality. Suminori Gokoh, Chief Director, Japan 2022
Bid Committee “We use devices like the iphone and produce
the application so people can see any infomration, any live information during the match. with
this app you can choose any information in the players.” A delegation from FIFA, football’s world governing
body, wrapped up a 4-day visit to Japan on Thursday that included demos of some early
prototypes of the technology. Takuto Maruyama
“We had a demonstration with five technologies. We were able to show how 60,000 people in
a stadium, like the one we visited yesterday in Saitama, would be able to see 3D images
with their naked eyes without wearing special glasses.” Will they be leaving Japan impressed at what
they saw? With other nations to visit, they weren’t giving anything away. Harold Mayne-Nicholls, FIFA delegation head
“We must say that it is a very balanced project mixing football traditions, modern stadiums
plus new technology with eco projects and integration with the world.” The big question for Japan is can it realize
these high-tech dreams. The country has brought together a coalition of companies, research
institutes and universities to work on the project and is confident of success. Japan Football Association (JFA) secretary.
general Kozo Tajima “Of course, this isn’t something we can do
immediately. We showed four or five technologies that could be developed with the right research.
It was actually my first time seeing this, but it was very realistic. I believe the people
who saw them understood that they can be researched and turned into something that can actually
be used.” FIFA is due to make its decision on December
2nd and representatives of the 208 nations that make up the group can expect lobbying
from Japan throughout the summer. In Tokyo, this is Martyn Williams, IDG News


if they over turn qatars bid then they should definately give the hosting rights to japan as they tick every box required to rightfully host the cup they proved how succesful they were when they co hosted it with south korea in 2002 and hope this happens.

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