With the 2010 World Cup a distant memory, Japan has started preparations for its 2022 World Cup bid. Judging by what they're showing FIFA, it's going to be ridiculously futuristic. Like real-time holographic matches beamed across the world futuristic.
Fans will gather in stadiums around the world and Japan will show a holographic version of the match, in real time, on the field. Players will run, stars will score and fans will cheer - it'll be as close as you can get to watching the real thing.
Japan also plans to use buzzword technologies like augmented reality and 3D to complement the beautiful game and introduce newer tech like an automatic audio translation system and "Freeviewpoint Vision" (a more versatile version of the NFL's Skycam). No word on whether they can convince FIFA to take on replay by then though.
But the competition to host the 2022 World Cup will be stiff. There are a ton of countries in the running - the US, England, Spain and Portugal, Australia and others - and since Japan co-hosted in 2002 and FIFA isn't exactly known for being technology friendly, we may not see the awesomeness just yet. And here marks the first time I root against America. [Fast Company]