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Pa. Student’s Software Captures The Game From The Ball’s Perspective

By Ian Bush

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – If you thought cameras had every angle covered on the football field, a Pennsylvania college student’s project could have you seeing the game from a whole new perspective.

There are dozens of cameras pointed at the field on any given Sunday, but Kris Kitani saw what’s missing: “Wouldn’t it be cool if you could experience football from the ball’s point of view as people are ripping the ball away from each other and as the ball’s flying?”

So, the post-doctorate research fellow at Carnegie Mellon University said, ‘why not fit a camera in the football itself?’

“Basically you see a big blur, because the camera’s moving so fast — close to up to 600 RPMs.”

WATCH: Video of the ball camera in action.

To solve the motion sickness, Kitani and his team wrote software that tosses skyward shots and smoothly stitches together the good ground video — like a smartphone taking a panorama.

“Kind of flying almost like an airplane over the football field.”

Could the same kind of tech be used in a baseball, volleyball, or tennis ball?

“Maybe if there’s some kind of new camera that’s able to withstand some kind of impact, it could be possible for other ball-based sports.”

Now, the challenge is to make it small and light enough not to throw off the thrower — and for the NFL to take notice.

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