I’m riding shotgun in an Olympic bobsled, rocketing some 90 miles down a snow-dusted chute at South Korea. I’m spinning only a breath away from leaping into a jump. And I’m at the freezing spray of a snowboarder as he flips and takes off for a final collection of twists, preparing for halfpipe gold.
If all goes according to plan, at least.
To pull this off, a test of a 5G network and a series of multiple camera “pods” shooting more than a terabyte a hour have to operate without a hitch. (To get a taste of how mind-boggling big the video footage alone is, one terabyte holds the equivalent of 250 full screen feature films.) That footage moves to a operations center, 3D stereoscopic footage that we can view at home and where it & rsquo; s processed into the 360-degree from cables. And it occurs in real time. If all that goes smoothly, it is just like going to the Olympics without leaving home.
The best part? You don’t need a great deal of gadgets and gear to get it done.
Ll have to download the NBC Sports VR program if you’ve got an Android or iOS smartphone you & rsquo. There’s a catch: You need pay TV to get access to all the content that is streaming. Then, you can stream 30 minutes of coverage to your visit and five minutes each day without it. It’s a drag, but since NBC forked out over $4 billion for the rights to broadcast the four Olympic Games from 2014 to 2020, it’s understandable.
From that point it’s possible to use the app to see 180-degree and 360-degree video angles with no additional hardware.
Add in a Google Cardboard viewer and you get a flavor of watching the Olympics in reality. You can stop there in the event that you need, or go such as Samsung Gear VR, Windows Mixed Reality headsets and Google Daydream.
I used my iPhone 7 Plus using a $10 cardboard viewer, and also my Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphone using a $100 Gear VR headset. The headset that is committed, no real surprise is better because you’re watching the action hands-free, and can use the attention dial to adjust the monitor perfectly. (Sometimes with all the cardboard, the video looks a bit blurry to me.)
What&rsquo? Mind-blowing. Awesome. Amazing. I wanted to sit down when the bobsled took off and grab onto something. I felt a mixture of fear, awe and a feeling of a thousand little moves. I’m after watching the identical video more than a dozen times, seeing items that are new, even.
I’ve always loved viewing the figure skaters on TV, but when a skater enjoy Nathan Chen arches up and starts to twist into among his unbelievable quadruple jumps, you best not float, as you have just a half-second to see him from the air. With the VR program, you are able to prevent him mid-spin and assess out his position from pretty much each and every angle.
I had everybody in my family try it out too. She’s a hard sell on the hottest gadgets, even though she’s always game. “Whoa, this is crazy,” she exclaimedrsquo & I;m ski-jumping! It’s wonderful! ” She hooted and hollered and laughed through several videos. “(The headset) has a bit heavy, and it gets hot around my face,” she said when she finished up. & ldquo; However, it & rsquo; s a lot cheaper than going into the Olympics, and far better than I anticipated it to be, even though you feel like you & rsquo. I’ll see about 20 minutes of it at one moment, and I’ll watch on TV too. ”
I’ve never felt like I was inside a sport. No matter how many replays, it’s impossible to sense a sport that way by viewing it in two measurements on TV that is normal. I get what all the fuss is all all about. If you’ve got a chance it is highly recommended by me.
For all those of you that plan to watch online — true sports devotees advocate streaming content via a VPN (virtual private network) which provides you access to sports coverage from various other nations. I tried two of them out for this guide, Express VPN ($12.95 for one month, less for six- and – 12-month choices) and Private Internet Access ($6.95 a month, less for annual and two-year options).
Several Reddit discussion groups recommend the CBC’s (Canada) or even BBC’s free coverage of the Olympics for getting comprehensive reporting from many of the various places, though obviously they focus more on athletes from their own countries.