How Fox Sports Is Bringing Augmented Reality to NFL Games

Fox Sports debuted a new kind of augmented-reality graphics package that placed a massively tall scoreboard on the field in 3D and then later added a larger-than-life quarterback comparison.

The following is an excerpt of the original article by Tom's Guide.

The key to the new AR graphics package is the Skycam, which provides the quintessential video-game-like view that's piloted above the field and sits right behind the play. Last year, Fox Sports used the Skycam to debut a virtual 1st-and-10 line from above, and now it's working with three vendors — Skycam, Sportvision and Vizrt — to show other types of augmented reality and 3D graphics on the field.

The Skycam gives Fox Sports the data on where the camera is and what it's doing. The second ingredient is Sportvision, which provides optical tracking info and synthesizes the information coming from the Skycam. Vizrt, the third ingredient, is the graphics engine that renders and produces the 3D graphics, which takes into account not only the position of the camera but also lens zoom and lens distortion.

Read the full article on tomsguide.com.