New POV With ‘Ref Cam’
August 8, 2014
A new sports coverage
tool was used for the first time during
ESPN’s Friday Night Fights and Noche
event on July 18. The “Ref
Cam,” a wearable point-of-view camera
was donned by both referees at the
match that took place at the Paramount
Theater in Huntington, N.Y. The device,
according to the sports network, is designed
to provide viewers with a unique
close-up “first-person” view of the action
taking place in the ring.
|ESPN launched its “Ref Cam” during its “Friday
Night Fights” event last month.
“We are always looking to innovate
and provide viewers access to things
they cannot have access to themselves,”
said Matt Sandulli, ESPN’s senior
coordinating producer. “This camera
will put viewers in the ring and give
them a view of the fight that only a limited
number of people in the world have
ever seen. We’d like to thank the New
York Athletic Commission and referees
Steve Willis and Pete Santiago for working
with us to make this happen.”
The tiny camera is worn on the referee’s
shirt and weighs less than 8 ounces.
Its footprint is about that of a dime’s
and it’s fastened to the ref’s clothing
with a lapel pin. The accompanying
beltpack RF transmission system is
equally miniscule, measuring a mere 3.5-by-3.5-by-0.8-inches, complete with batteries.
The camera provides HD 720p
pictures and was made by 3G Wireless.