Japan Promises Global 3-D Hologram Telecasts in 2022 World-Cup Bid


If Japan wins the right to host the 2022 World Cup, the country has proposed broadcasting the games via live 3-D telecast all over the world.

The $6 billion "Universal Fan Fest" project is part of the bid that Japan submitted to FIFA last month, according to the Agence France-Presse.

Images on the field would be captured from all angles by 200 high-definition cameras during each game and would then be transmitted onto giant screens in 3-D, or if the technology has advanced 12 years from now, projected onto the actual field.

Microphones installed under the field would record all sounds of the match to create an ultra-realistic viewing experience.

 "It is important to see how technology will evolve within 12 years. I think it will be realized or become usable by around 2016," Keio University professor Jun Murai, who serves as director of technology at the committee, told reporters assembled at a Tokyo news conference.

Holograms have been tried on television before — most recently during CNN’s election night coverage in 2008 when Anderson Cooper interviewed the singer Will.I.Am.

Games would be watched by approximately 360 million people at nearly 400 stadiums in FIFA’s 208 member countries, Kohzo Tashima, chief executive officer of the bid committee, said.

Japan’s 2022 bid also includes a unique plan to invite 6,000 children from the 208 countries to participate in a variety of activities, including watching World Cup matches and taking trips to the atom-bombed cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki to learn about the environment and world peace.

All the bidding nations presented their World Cup concepts and plans to FIFA on May 14 and will set up exhibition booths in Johannesburg during this month's World Cup in South Africa.

FIFA's 24 executives will choose the hosts of the 2018 and 2022 World Cups on Dec. 2.

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