Augmented Reality Fills Empty Stadiums With Virtual Fans

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The pandemic is forcing many companies to look at outside-the-box tech solutions.
Fox Sports is one example.
The broadcaster partnered with Silver Spoon Animation to add “virtual fans” to your TV screen during baseball games.
By using a new type of augmented reality (AR) software called Pixotope, Fox Sports will fill the empty stadiums with thousands of these virtual fans:

(Virtual fans added with AR. Source: Fox Sports)
For an added touch of realism, the fans’ clothing can be customized to match the home team of that day’s broadcast:

(Source: Fox Sports)
In addition, the fans will react to plays by cheering or booing. And as the technology continues to improve, all sorts of fan interactions are possible.
This AR technology will debut on Fox today, Saturday, July 25, at 1 p.m. Eastern time, when the Chicago Cubs host the Milwaukee Brewers.
AR isn’t a perfect substitute for real fans. But it’s a big step toward helping sports seem more normal during the pandemic.
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