Page 2 - Innovator's take: 'Free' dimensional video and the future of the moving image medium

Sept. 10, 2013
Matteo Shapira, chief technology officer and co-founder of Replay Technologies, sits down to talk about his company's free-dimensional video product that is currently being used by the NFL and the New York Yankees for its video replay system and offers a prediction for the future of photographic and moving image media.

What technologies and components do you use for it, and why did you choose them?

We rely on computer vision cameras as the base input for the system. From there we used standard and proprietary image processing algorithms to create a high quality representation of reality.

For our current NFL project, we are using Teledyne DALSAFalcon2CMOS cameras and frame grabbers, and at the Olympics and for New York Yankees game, we use IO Industries’ 4MPixel Flare cameras.

This choice allows us to control the image quality we get by configuring an elaborate image processing pipeline to get good images. Additionally, it is more cost effective then using "full featured" Broadcast cameras.

What other applications can you see this technology being used for?

The ultimate application of the technology is to replace of what we know as the photographic and moving image medium. Think Star-Trek holodeck, or Minority Report's holo-memories.

We believe that by enabling photography to move from two dimensional to true three dimensional representation- We will experience in the future whole new forms of media experiences:

  • Having dinner with your family, while being across the ocean
  • Watching a sports event with your friends without being there
  • Attending a Yoga lesson with a Yoga master, which all participants are from different parts of the globe

Just as it is hard to recollect how difficult it was 20 years ago to mitigate moving and still images between us, in comparison to our current digital high speed world; once the moving image becomes a true 3D representation, the next level of experiences may be enabled.

Do you have any other new exciting products or developments on the horizon?

Our next step in our development pipeline is to allow the home viewers themselves to move around freely within the captured scene. What is now reserved for an event's producers and directors will become the domain of every sports fan, which is allowing full interactive viewing around the scene.

View a press release on the system’s premier on Sunday Night Football.

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About the Author

James Carroll

Since joining the team 2013, James covered machine vision and imaging from numerous angles, including application stories, industry news, market updates, and new products. In addition to writing and editing articles for each issue of the magazine, James managed the Innovators Awards program and webcasts.

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