intel111 Intel will place 28 of these cameras around Petco Park for the MLB All-Star Game to produce 360-degree replays. Photo via Intel. Intel's 360-degree replays are coming to the baseball diamond. The tech giant announced that its new replay ...and more »
Intel will place 28 of these cameras around Petco Park for the MLB All-Star Game to produce 360-degree replays. Photo via Intel.Intelâ€™s 360-degree replays are coming to the baseball diamond.
The tech giant announced that its new replay technology, which debuted during the most recent NBA season, will be on display during this weekâ€™s MLB All-Star Game in San Diego.
Using 28Â cameras positioned around Petco Park, Intel can stitch images into a 3D rendering that letsÂ viewers seamlessly â€œfly aroundâ€ key plays and see the action from any angle.
â€œOur goal in bringing this technology to baseball is to create a more engaging visual experience for fans who tune in to Americaâ€™s favorite sport on networks and digital and mobile platforms by providing a unique perspective of the best plays everyone will be talking about,â€ Intel Senior VP Wendell Brooks said in a blog post.
Hereâ€™s a look at how the replay technology works with NBA games:
This is another result of Intelâ€™sÂ acquisition inÂ March of Replay Technologies, an Israel-based startup that developsÂ 3D video broadcasting software. Itâ€™s alsoÂ another move into sports from Intel, whichÂ has made a serious effort to bring its technology into the sports world.
In January, we spoke to Intel VP of Smart Device Innovation Steve Holmes about Intelâ€™s partnership with X Games Aspen.
â€œWeâ€™re at a big transition point now with being able to bring computational horsepower and miniaturize technology,â€ Holmes said. â€œItâ€™s a natural time for Intel to really participate in a much broader way in sports.â€
That was the same message delivered by IntelÂ at the big Consumer Electronics ShowÂ in Las Vegas this past January,Â when the companyÂ spent half of its 90-minute keynote announcing partnerships with companies like ESPN, New Balance, Red Bull, and Oakley.
During the keynote,Â Intel CEO Brian Krzanich talked about using Intelâ€™s hardware and software to help New Balance develop next generation smartwatches, or help Oakley make smart-glasses that provide coaching during exercise for peopleÂ through speech technology. He also showed off the 3D innovations from Replay Technologies.
Krzanich participatedÂ on a separate panel at CES about sports tech investing with people like Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and former NBA superstar Shaquille Oâ€™Neal, who himself is a big sports geek. The Intel CEO said that the uptick in sports technology-related investmentsÂ can be simply credited to improvements in technology itself. He citedÂ innovations like virtual reality and wearable devicesÂ that are now ready to be used by the masses.
â€œItâ€™s hitting a breakthrough,â€ Krzanich said. â€œIf you think itâ€™s big now, just wait until the next two or three years when weâ€™ll have another set of breakthroughs.â€
Intel wonâ€™t be the only tech company with a presence at the All-Star Game. Bellevue, Wash.-based carrier T-Mobile, an MLB sponsor, is hosting a â€œHome Run Derby VR Experienceâ€ both at the Fan Fest in San Diego and in 2,200 T-Mobile stores around the country.
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