Japan's Holographic 3D Soccer Dream Denied

Earlier this year, we reported on Japan's plans for a holographic broadcast the 2022 World Cup as part of its bid to hold the soccer tournament. If you were looking forward to this, well, we're sorry to disappoint: Japan's World Cup bid was rejected, and along with it went holographic broadcast plans.

For those of you not familiar with the nations proposal, Japan's 2022 World Cup bid included plans to simultaneously broadcast matches across the world, live, to 400 international stadiums, all in glorious holographic 3D.

The idea was that soccer fans would be able to head to their national stadium to view matches. Once there, fans could watch matches on in front of them live, thanks to holographic images broadcast from thousands of miles away.

Japan's ambitious bid, which was backed by Sony, lost out to Qatar in 2022, with Russia hosting the 2018 tournament.

Kohzo Tashima, the Chief Executive of the Japanese bid said the prospect of global hologram broadcasts was an idea that blew his mind. He told the FIFA board that three hundred and sixty million people could have had "a full stadium experience of matches" which was "over 100 times the number of spectators at the 1994 World Cup in the United States".

You can see Japan's bid video here.

[via Engadget]

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