Love all…for instant replay at U.S. Open: The animated instant replay system has been a hit at the U.S. Open so far.
If the player chooses to consult the replay (each player is allowed two challenges per set), an animated image of the ball hitting the court zooms into focus on giant screens around the stadium.
The effect is so entertaining that tennis officials have actually asked the Hawk-Eye technicians to delay showing instant replays for a few extra seconds to allow suspense and excitement to build.
Alas, tennis has been sullied by technology. Here’s a more detailed narrative. of how it actually works within a game.
And, of course, there’s a Wikipedia page.
Hawk-Eye uses six or more television cameras situated around the ground, linked to a computer system. The computer reads in the video in real time, and tracks the path of the ball on each camera. These six separate views are then combined together to produce an accurate 3D representation of the path of the ball, which can be viewed in a virtual reality simulation.
Why don’t they just use a camera in slow motion?