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.READ MORE: Father Of 18-Year-Old Killed In Sand Collapse On Toms River Beach Shares Message Remembering Son
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.”PPA Adding Patrols To Monitor Illegally Parked Cars In Bike Lanes Amid Growing Number Of Bicyclists Killed In Philly
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.MORE NEWS: Dirt Bike Rider Wanted In Hit-And-Run That Left Teenager Dead, Philadelphia Police Say