‘Robot cameras’ to be used for Olympic footage

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 14:14 EDT
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3D cameras, lenses mounted on especially agile robotic arms and even electronic eyes that fly will be prominently featured at this year’s Summer Olympics in London.

A host of innovations in recent years in covering sporting events has led the world’s leading photography agencies, Reuters, Getty and AFP, to embark on a bold new frontier for 2012, and it’s likely to produce some unexpected and eye-grabbing results.

Better yet, much of this technology is relatively inexpensive — some of this tech was used to cover the recent British boat pageant, and homespun photographers have even made their own flying robotic drone cameras — so it can’t be too much longer before they’re applied to other forms of journalism as well.

Watch the videos below to get an idea of the amazing new journalism technology being deployed at this year’s Olympic games.

This video was published to YouTube on July 25, 2012.

This video was published to YouTube on June 6, 2012.


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Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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