Along with Princeton Video Imaging and Core Digital Technologies, CBS is creating a new company that will support EyeVision's new technology and sell it to television networks. EyeVision could be effectively utilized in numerous sports. Imagine being able to watch a figure skater perform a triple loop while the camera pans a full 360 degrees around her, mid-flight. Or watch a basketball player dribble down the court to hit a last second shot as the camera spins from a view behind him to a view from behind the basket, all without losing focus on the play.
In addition to its entertainment value, EyeVision might also be of use to the sporting events themselves. For example, in 1999, the National Football League reinstated instant replay rules into the game. This allows the game's officials to determine the proper call in critical situations. The ability to see a replay from all angles could be of great use in determining whether a player fumbled, or whether a receiver had possession of the football before hitting the ground.
The hardware and software that drive the replay system will only get better. The introduction of interpolation, or tweening, between the individual camera shots will make the rotation around a scene smoother. Interpolation involves using mathematical algorithms to seamlessly blend between camera shots so that the rotation around the camera's target will be smoother than it is with just the 30 camera shots. Also, with the further integration of High Definition television (HDTV) into the marketplace, an upgrade of the entire system to HD resolutions will mean a much clearer picture to the home viewer. With the combination of HDTV and EyeVision in the future, you will be able to experience televised sports like never before.