Japanese telecommunications company NTT has unveiled new 3D hologram technology which it hopes will enhance the spectator experience for fans at the 2020 summer Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The ‘Kirari! For Arena’ system, unlike NTT’s current technology, does not require sensors to be attached to an athlete’s body.

It instead uses multiple cameras to track the movements of athletes. Images are then sent to devices which show 3D hologram figures in real-time at a different location to where the sporting action is taking place.

NTT hopes the system could be utilised by fans who cannot get tickets for events at the stadia and arenas that will be utilised for the Tokyo 2020 Games.

“From all four directions, you can see players projected in the field moving in 3D,” Kota Hidaka, senior research engineer at NTT Service Evolution Laboratories, told the Reuters news agency.

“We are hoping to establish the system and deliver the service in which people can enjoy watching games by gathering around the 3D hologram.”

NTT signed up as Tokyo 2020’s first domestic top-tier gold partner in January 2015.

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