Not to sound ungrateful for all that we’ve got got, but man - the 21st century was supposed to be so much cooler than it’s actually turning out. When we were growing up we were promised a future of shiny one-piece bodysuits and flying cars. Yet, here we are wearing a polo shirt and jeans, driving a Saturn. They couldn’t even give us entire meals in pill form; we’re still forced to eat astronaut ice cream any time we want a taste of the future as seen from 1969.
That’s not to say the scientists of the world aren’t making progress. Though the flying car remains an elusive figment of the imagination, air travel now features the same amenities and excitement as a Greyhound bus. And while Holodeck technology remains pitifully behind schedule, the news that ESPN is producing 3-D broadcasts of college football gives us hope that shiny one-piece bodysuits won’t be far behind.
Seriously, though - 3-D college football broadcasts? So awesome. ESPN will be testing 3-D technology for September 12’s USC-Ohio State broadcast. Unfortunately, this won’t exactly be available on your dorm room Vizio just yet, according to the LOS ANGELES TIMES:
ESPN is expected to announce today that the Sept. 12 USC at Ohio State football game will have a limited showing in 3-D.
The 3-D version will be available at the Galen Center in Los Angeles and the ESPN Zone at LA Live as well as at a single theater in Columbus, Ohio; Hartford, Conn. (for ESPN invitees) and Hurst, Texas.
The Texas site, according to Anthony Bailey, ESPN’s vice president for emerging technology, was chosen because ESPN would like to see how a 3-D broadcast would do in a place unaffiliated with either team playing.
Jeez, why is that Hurst, Texas, gets all the good stuff in life? ESPN has always been the worldwide leader in broadcasting innovation nobody asked for, but this idea just screams awesome. Hell, if a 3-D movie about guinea pigs can bring in hundreds of millions of dollars, just imagine what a broadcast of something interesting could do for ESPN’s bottom line?
Technical challenges and return on investment aside, the real measure of this experiment’s success will be if a 3-D broadcast can actually make Big Ten football interesting. If it can, you can keep your flying cars and your laser death rays; we will have reached the pinnacle of man’s technological abilities.