By Kelly Gerrish
Technology just keeps finding new ways to wow us, and the beautiful game is no different.
Charlton Athletic FC have unveiled a revolutionary new way for fans to watch highlights of their matches. And with two of their fans working for us, this is something we’re very interested in.
An equaliser for the Addicks during a recent match against Fulham has hit the headlines due to the revolutionary replays available through Charlton’s new 360 degree camera.
Rather than watch the goal back in the standard TV camera angles, Charlton have given fans the option to watch the goal however you like.
Okay, so it’s not perfect, as the camera is in a fixed position behind the goal, but you can follow all of the action from every angle – or even watch the crowd celebrate.
With the camera being compatible with mobile and tablet devices, Charlton hope it will replicate the authenticity of the live match experience for those who are unable to watch the game in person. Kind of like your very own virtual reality.
The South London side claim the camera is the first of its kind to be used in football with club officials confident it will change the way football is viewed.
Admittedly it’s strange to see Charlton, currently languishing in the bottom half of England’s second tier, pioneering something that could change the way we digest football on an international level, but there’s no doubting it has potential. And if it becomes commonplace in football, could it be introduced into other activities like gigs and festivals? Watch this space …