ESPN’s bowl coverage swaps out the telestrator for augmented reality GameView
We dug into ESPN’s use of the Xbox 360 and EA Sports games to power its Virtual Playbook segments last year, but in preparation for this round of BCS bowl games it’s upgraded the system with a bit of augmented reality. The new GameView system uses a tabletop 70-inch touchscreen LCD, a copy of NCAA Football ’12 and four dedicated workstations to blend everything together and create a simulation for viewers to see the analysts move virtual players around the field. It should at least be more interesting than CNN’s previous election coverage implementation, although we’re mostly wondering when a combo of Kinect, Surface and old school electronic football will bring the experience directly to our living rooms to play around with. Check out the gallery for a few more screens and expect to see this implemented more during the upcoming big time bowl games — no, there’s no secret code Desmond Howard can input to get a national championship game between two college football teams that haven’t already played each other, we asked.
Gallery: ESPN GameView Augmented Reality