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Skiiers don goggle cams

Austrian broadcaster ORF has pioneered live point-of-view images from the skier’s perspective for the first time as part of its host broadcast of the Alpine Skiing World Championship in Schladming.
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Austrian broadcaster ORF has pioneered live point-of-view images from the skier’s perspective for the first time as part of its host broadcast of the Alpine Skiing World Championship in Schladming. The wireless camera system was developed by Riedel Communications in collaboration with the International Ski Federation (FIS) and ORF. Due to size, weight, and not least because of safety requirements, on-board PoV images from the skiers’ perspective were not previously possible. Riedel, which was also responsible for the wireless transmission of live video signals of Felix Baumgartner's stratospheric leap, has developed a new type of camera for this application. The patented RiCam wireless camera is fully integrated into the goggles’ straps, allowing spectacular live images from the perspective of the racers. Following 18 months of development, RiCam includes a camera, transmitter and battery, but weighs only 64 grams and is incorporated aerodynamically into the strap of the ski goggles. Special carbon fibre wings protect the components from the slalom gates. For the development Riedel cooperated with the International Ski Federation, the Austrian Ski Federation (ÖSV), the Race Directors Günter Hujara and Atle Skårdal as well as with several manufacturers of ski goggles and helmets. “Our goal is always to provide our customers with a competitive edge,” said CEO Thomas Riedel. “Nowadays there is serious competition in sports broadcasting between the various kinds of sports. Spectacular pictures are the key to achieve prime time positions. We're happy to help making alpine skiing with the RiCam an even more spectacular viewing experience.” At the World Cup in Schladming ORF used the camera to supplement coverage of the giant slalom, slalom and slalom combination events, and took live shots from the rider’s perspective during the race, as well as using PoV images immediately before the start and after the finish line to provide additional dramatic elements. www.riedel.net

Adrian Pennington

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