Who needs Second Life when there's Cricinfo 3D

If you're a cricket fan like myself (and I confess the last few months have been a trial for an Englishman) then you'll already know that Cricinfo.com is the Web source for international cricket lovers. Whilst Test Match Special from BBC Radio 4 LW is the voice of cricket, and Sky Sports [News International] is the pictures, Cricinfo has continued to innovate to maintain a magnetic web presence.

It's latest "toy" is ball by ball coverage of international matches using 3d imagery. The simulated match takes place in a 3D virtual stadium. You can view the action from a selection of pre-set angles - bowler, batsman, umpires, fielding positions - zoom in and out, and pan around the stadium using your own 360 degree camera.

cricinfo 3D is powered by SportFlashback, a technology represented in the UK by 3D Web Tech company. They also supply the BBC's live football and delivered the (soccer) World Cup Virtual Matchcast and Virtual Replays. This is the first time 3D technology has been used in cricket. To view cricinfo 3D, you need to download Adobe's Shockwave version 10.0 or above.

I'm not the only fan as this post from Read/Write attests.

So other than having to go to Second Life to perhaps see England win a game, the only Avatar reality I shall be regularly watching is courtesy of Cricinfo.


posted by John Wilson @ 8:20 PM Permanent Link newsvine reddit


At 9:25 AM, Anonymous Andrew Hall said...

Hi John - thanks for the kind words about Cricinfo 3D. We're continually improving this and hope to add in a few more features and more functionality prior to the World Cup. Watch this space!


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