Japan's preparing to make its final bid for the rights to stage the 2022 World Cup – and it's revealed plans to broadcast games in near-holographic virtual reality to stadiums worldwide.
As part of its bid book, entitled 208 Smiles, the Japan Football Association proposes each game being covered using 200 8K ultra-HD TV cameras around the stadium, and the 360-degree coverage they deliver being beamed to stadiums in all 208 FIFA member countries.
The images would then be shown on massive flatbed screens laid on the pitch in these remote locations, where they could be viewed by spectators as a live 'hologram' of the game being played before them. And it'll all be done without the need for any special glasses.
Or, the bid team says, the feed could even be projected directly onto the pitch at the viewing stadiums if the technology of the time allows, further enhancing the effect.
It's all part of a Y550bn (£425m) 'Universal Fan Fest' plan, and would also use 70 microphones under the pitch to pick up everything from the referee's whistle to the breathing and footfall of the players.
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Coverage would be projected on giant screens in the host stadium as well as being used as part of the remote events.
The scheme proposes the use of 8K ultra-HD cameras, having something like 160x the resolution of today's Full HD technology, to create booth 'Freeviewpoint Vision' close-ups and the 'Full Court 3D Vision' 'hologram' relays.
And the plan is for the whole thing to be green, too: Japan is proposing generating electricity from fans' cheering and foot-stamping, as well as using solar panels on the roof of venues.
The winning bid will be decided following final presentations to be given on December 1 by the countries seeking to host the 2022 tournament: Japan is up against Australia, Korea, Qatar, and the USA.