Posted January 14, 2014

AFL Introduces In-Helmet Cameras to Provide First-Person Views During Broadcasts

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The future of football-watching is here — and it sounds like it might make some people a little dizzy.

On Tuesday, the Arena Football League announced a partnership with Sports Video Innovations to implement in-helmet cameras during the 2014 AFL season. The helmet cameras, called Schutt Vision, will allow viewers to see big plays during games from the perspective of the players involved in the action.

According to a release from the league:

“Schutt Vision is an incredible new product developed by SVI that will raise the broadcasting and content creators around football to an exciting new level,” Schutt Sports President/CEO Robert Erb said. “The ability to see what a player actually sees on the field, in real-time, will make the in-game and overall experience for the fans of the Arena Football League the best of any sports platform anywhere.”

As can be seen in the demonstration video above, the helmet does provide a unique — although shaky — view of the action, which if utilized correctly, could make for some very memorable highlights.

The AFL and ESPN agreed to a multi-year deal in December, so you can expect to see this camera in action on national TV when the league kicks off a new season in March.

[Reddit]

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