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Japan's Holographic World Cup To Be Powered By Solar, Crowd Excitement

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As if Japan’s announcement last week that it was seeking to make the 2022 World Cup a 3-D Holograpic experience (ala, Star Wars) wasn’t cool enough, the organizers also said that the technology to run it would in part be clean and green.

According to AFP, Japan’s bid to host the 2022 event is drawing massive attention with their desire to beam the game in 3D holography to stadiums around the world. From the article,

The images would be captured from 360 degrees by 200 high-definition cameras during each match, to be transmitted as three-dimensional images, a technology that has been driven in large part by Japan’s electronics giants.

The matches would be shown on giant screens or, if technological advances in coming years allow, projected like a real match onto the pitch itself, giving viewers the illusion of watching the real thing.

Obviously, this is some really cool sporting tech — very similar (in a nascent way) to what we saw with Al Gore and Prince Charles a couple years ago. And remember a few years ago when the rock band System of a Down was interested in holographic touring?

“‘I’ve had an idea for a long time, which might sound a little crazy, but I really want to look into holographic touring,’ lead frontman Serj Tankian told Billboard in 2008. ‘I think we could reduce our need to travel if we could project ourselves into meetings and concerts. We have the technology, and we’re not using it right now. It would open up a whole new world for touring — shows wouldn’t have to be limited to bars or clubs. There would be no travel costs, so bands with very little money could play shows, and tickets would cost less.’”

Guy may finally get his wish. But back to the green plans: Japan is planning on having the tech be powered, in part, by both solar panels on the stadium roof and piezoelectricity from crowds stomping and stamping. What happens if the game sucks is beyond me, but all this tech talk has me hoping that the land of the rising sun wins the 2022 bid. Holograms definitely won’t replace the real thing, but it may just draw more eyeballs to the game of soccer here in the U.S.

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