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This could be the future of football as we know it.
MindFly’s AI-powered bodycam was used during AC Milan's pre-season friendly against FC Koln on Saturday night, giving fans a unique, never-before-seen viewing experience.
You can see Olivier Giroud's audacious chip from the bodycam below. Bring this kind of access to Europe's top five leagues immediately.
So how does it work? MindFly are eliminating the distance between fan and sports star by enabling viewers to watch any game from a player’s First-Person Point of View (FPV).
Using state of the art technology in the form of a lightweight AI bodycam vest, it captures the player's eye view.
Eran Tal, who is the co-founder at MindFly, confirmed Saturday's clash at the RheinEnergieSTADION in Cologne would feature MindFly and other new technologies as part of the so-called 'Innovation Game'.
“We’re very excited to be featured in 1. FC Cologne’s upcoming match,” he told StartUpHub.
“Using MindFly in football brings the excitement of the pitch to the fans. Our lightweight AI vests are designed to keep the player’s performance and feel the same as wearing a GPS vest, and athletes forget they are wearing it after a few minutes.”
Two FC Koln players would wear the MindFly’s vests during Saturday night's pre-season clash against Milan and as expected, the technology gave us some incredible views to feast on.
The Bundesliga club's official Twitter page posted bodycam footage of Florian Dietz's goal in the 86th minute.
One fan said: "I would immediately add it as an option to my subscription," while another commented: "I see a lot of potential for the future in cameras like this."
You can see the clip below.
Aus dieser Perspektive habt ihr ein #effzeh-Tor noch nie gesehen! ⚽😍— 1. FC Köln (@fckoeln) July 16, 2022
Schaut euch das Tor von Florian Dietz aus der Bodycam-Sicht von Tim Lemperle an. 👀
Hier Feedback zum Innovation Game geben und Preise gewinnen 👉 https://t.co/1H72TKyAcp
____#KOEACM #innovationgame pic.twitter.com/JuDoxHh8S8
A Mindfly bodycam was used in Cologne v Milan, capturing this Olivier Giroud goal pic.twitter.com/y7CFELBeKk— James Dart (@James_Dart) July 17, 2022
Away from the impressive bodycam technology and perhaps the goal of the evening was scored by World Cup winner Giroud.
The French forward, who scored 16 goals in 40 appearances for club and country last season, picked the ball up on the edge of the area before curling it home to make it 2-0 after 36 minutes.
Milan fans will be hoping to see more of this as they try and retain their Serie A crown in the coming months.
📽️ Mamma mia Goal Olivier Giroudpic.twitter.com/Hh9YsP4AJN— Milan Posts 🏆🇮🇹 (@MilanPosts) July 16, 2022
Thoughts on the bodycam footage?
Let us know in the comments.