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 Soccer matches and concerts from any angle you choose

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Date posted: 03/09/2013

A roar of “Gooaaaal!” bursts out of living rooms and bars, before the players celebrate and the successful strike is shown again and again from various different angles. But viewers of soccer games often wish they could have a different view of the pitch than the one shown on TV during the rest of the game as well. This prospect is set to become a reality, with viewers becoming their “own cameraman”: using their PC, tablet computer, or even the latest TV sets, they will be able to choose the angle they wish to view on their virtual cameras – live and in real time! They will also be able to turn around in a virtual circle and take in a panoramic view of the pitch and the stands.

This is made possible by the new OmniCam360 camera: when positioned at the halfway line on the edge of the pitch, it shows a full panorama, in other words a 360-degree view. And what is more, the camera weighs a mere 15 kilograms, meaning it can be carried by a single person and mounted on a tripod. Compare that to its predecessor, which weighed in at a hefty 80 kilograms! The new camera is significantly smaller too: whereas the first model of the OmniCam took up around one-and-a-half square meters of space and at times obstructed spectators’ view in the stadium, the new version is no larger than an ordinary television camera.

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