The 2014 FIFA World Cup is currently underway in Brazil, promising a month of exciting games and tense international rivalries. As always, the organisation behind the games is looking ahead at the next venues and planning future cup events.
While Qatar won the bid to be the location of the 2022 FIFA World Cup following Russia in 2018, Japan had promised a number of technologies that would have significantly enhanced the experience for fans around the world, including an advanced hologram technology.
The hologram technology
To capture the feel of the games, Japan would like to have them played in every supporting stadium around the world, so fans could attend and watch in real time. Essentially, the games taking place in Japan would be transmitted over the internet to other stadiums, where projections would display the player movements on the field.
In place of sitting in front of a TV, fans could experience the excitement while sitting in stadium seating.
How would it work?
While still hypothetical at this point in time, Japan believes the technology would be ready by the time 2022 rolls around. After all, how many science fiction films have we seen showing hologram technology only a few decades from now?
Using a series of 200 HD cameras, footage from the game would be recorded from multiple angles simultaneously, and compiled to form one 3D image of the field. This would be sent around the world to various supporting stadiums where a huge number of projectors would visualise the camera imagery on the field. For all intents and purposes, fans would be at the game watching it unfold.
Sound would be captured by placing microphones beneath the surface of the field, which would then be beamed to speakers within the stadiums.
Sadly, we’re unlikely to see this technology anytime soon, as Qatar has won the bid for the 2022 game. Still, perhaps the extra time given to Japan will mean they’ll be able to develop the technology for subsequent proposals.