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Accurate real-time 3D tracking of ball and players using AI and robotics

Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC), a Nikon company, and Pixelscope, a provider of AI-automated live sports production solutions, have announced a partnership agreement that will officially bring together MRMC’s robotic hardware products and Pixelscope’s advanced tracking and autonomous producing software to create an end-to-end remote acquisition and production workflow solution for sports production.

The joint solution integrates MRMC’s AFC-180 Robotic Heads with the Pixelscope platform. Complementing MRMC’s hardware, Pixelscope is an AI-powered sports broadcasting system designed for single-user operation. It accurately tracks the ball and players, providing real-time 3D trajectories, and by collecting image, audio, and time-series data, it facilitates the creation of “Sports Big Data”, which integrates into the final production of AI-automated live sports broadcasts.  

In addition, Pixelscope has the capability to automatically generate highlights of key moments for use in replays during broadcasts, streamlining the content production process and enhancing sports broadcasting efficiency.

Marius Merten, Sports Broadcast Manager at MRMC, said, “It was clear to me from the very first meeting that our two companies are a perfect match. Together, we can deliver a complete product that sports broadcast production has never seen before. It opens up many new possibilities to take sports productions to a new level.

“The focus here is on cost savings despite a high production standard.”

According to MRMC and Pixelscope, the combination of AI tracking systems and broadcast robotics allows for automation of processes, reduction of human error, 24/7 operation while delivering personalised content based on viewer preferences, and enabling remote broadcasting and continuous innovation that can adapt to evolving industry demands. 

Kei Kwon, CEO at Pixelscope, added, “We’ve been working for several years to create the perfect AI solution to provide the most accurate sports data with high standard quality and to deliver this in a cost-effective way that can also open doors from the groups that get fewer spotlights, such as youth and amateurs, to the professional leagues.“MRMC’s range of camera robotic solutions and expertise in motion makes them the ideal partner for us to continue towards our goal of making Pixelcast the go-to solution for more professional leagues and tournaments regardless of their tiers or sports.”

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