Emerging Technologies Group

Sports Video

Nikhil Deshpande (left) and Jay DiGiovanni showed off the vast number of technology tools the team has created to serve ESPN's varied needs.ESPN Emerging Technology At Home in New Jersey

In an office park steps away from the train station in Hamilton, NJ — a town situated between Trenton and Princeton — lives the unlikeliest of companies: ESPN. ESPN Emerging Technology, to be exact.

ESPN acquired the company formerly known as PVI (and owned by Cablevision) in 2010, changed its name to Emerging Technology, and moved its 12 staffers from Lawrenceville, NJ, to Hamilton for easier access to the NJ Transit commuter-rail line.

Since then, ESPN Emerging Technology has focused on developing and deploying virtual-graphics enhancements for every property televised by its parent company, including football, basketball, baseball, and soccer.

“This is a group that’s made up of some highly skilled computer-vision engineers, so we had traditionally done things differently, ” says VP of Technology Enhancements Jay DiGiovanni. “We didn’t live on instrumented cameras. We worked solely [using] algorithms.Ximin Gong stands with an instrumented camera, on which he experiments with different graphics tools and algorithms. rd tier that our vision solution — which doesn’t even need to be done on-site, can be done from the broadcast center — made a lot of sense [as] a very cost-effective way to enhance a game.”

The Hamilton remote office is one of three Emerging Technology groups under the ESPN umbrella. The Bristol, CT, group — the largest of the three — handles onscreen overlay graphics (including score bugs and studio shows), and the Florida group — located at the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex — handles research and development.

DiGiovanni’s group consists of 12 employees — “with the largest concentration of PhDs in ESPN, ” he quips — who handle research, development, validation, and deployment of tools to create virtual first-down lines, shot clocks, advertisements, and more.

Because of ESPN’s multitude of sports properties requiring on-field virtual enhancements, the Hamilton team worked to create scalable solutions that can be controlled from the studio or truck or implemented directly on the cameras themselves. Chief Emerging Technology Engineer Ximin Gong creates the algorithms that allow ESPN to draw information directly from calibrated cameras and broadcast onscreen continuously, even when the camera needs to pan, tilt, zoom, or focus.

“The key is, how do you do it efficiently and fast?” says Gong. “Because you expect the operator to be there running multiple cameras, they need to finish it in a very short time window. So the calibration process needs to be efficient and quick.”

See also:

Oh, so you don't like networked interactivity?

by MeanPeopleSuck

I'd say the Internet is a giant group of people who find and make their own groups...
I'm thinking about the possibilities presented via new forms of networked organization permitted by emerging technologies.
And I'm not the only one:
"A few weeks ago, PayPal co-founder and early Facebook investor Peter Thiel made a pitch to Silicon Valley's elite to invest in "seemingly far-fetched ventures that he believes could improve the lives of everyone for good." He calls it "breakthrough philanthropy."
Ideas that were pitched included:
* Ensuring that "self-programming machines will create a world that looks more like Star Trek, less like the...

Tetra Discovery to Collaborate with The Broad Institute's Stanley Center for ..  — MarketWatch
The company also receives major funding through the National Institute of Mental Health Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program and the Michigan Emerging Technologies Fund. Contact: Eric Nelson, Ph.D. Vice President Business Development

Routledge Technology and Industrial Growth in Pre-War Japan: The Mitsubishi-Nagasaki Shipyard 1884-1934 (Nissan Institute/Routledge Japanese Studies)
Book (Routledge)
The Whistler Group Inc. Whistler BT3200 Bluetooth v2.0 Hands-Free Kit for Motorcycles & Scooters - 7 Hour Talk Time/330ft
Single Detail Page Misc (The Whistler Group Inc.)
  • The Whistler BT3200 brings Bluetooth-enabled power to you, allowing you to enjoy clear, handsfree conversations.
  • Designed to fit a motorcycle or scooter open face helmet, you ll be able to keep an open line of communication between bikes! Plus, the BT3200 is compliant with...
  • The Whistler BT3200 provides an operating range of up to 330-feet and up to 7 hours of talk time! Plus, the small and compact design makes this the ultimate Bluetooth...
Technology provider, design group marry to meet emerging trends.(Technology & Telecommunications): An article from: Mississippi Business Journal
Book (Thomson Gale)
Related Posts