MRMC and Pixelscope partner for AI-powered production following USA Table Tennis trials

Mark Roberts Motion Control (MRMC) and AI-automated production services provider Pixelscope have formed a partnership to combine MRMC’s robotic hardware products and Pixelscope’s advanced tracking and autonomous producing software.

The joint solution integrates MRMC’s AFC-180 Robotic Heads with the Pixelscope platform and follows “extensive” development and a recent successful trial at a number of USA Table Tennis competitions.

Complementing MRMC’s hardware, Pixelscope is an AI-powered sports broadcasting system designed for single-user operation.

It accurately tracks the ball and players, providing real-time 3D trajectories, and by collecting image, audio, and time-series data, it facilitates the creation of “Sports Big Data”, which integrates into the final production of AI-automated live sports broadcasts.

Additionally, Pixelscope has the capability to automatically generate highlights of key moments for use in replays during broadcasts, streamlining the content production process and enhancing sports broadcasting efficiency.

The combination will create a market-leading, end-to-end remote acquisition and production workflow solution, taking sports production to a new level, the companies said.

MRMC sports broadcast manager Marius Merten said: “MRMC is an expert in camera robotics and automation. Part of our offering includes AI-based remote acquisition technologies that allow customers to scale their productions and streamline their workflows.

“This technology is still new to sports broadcast and can extend beyond content capture through to the full production process. Pixelscope has a very good holistic approach here and has developed a very comprehensive software solution that complements our hardware products.

“It was clear to me from the very first meeting that our two companies are a perfect match. Together, we can deliver a complete product that sports broadcast production has never seen before. It opens up many new possibilities to take sports productions to a new level. The focus here is on cost savings despite a high production standard. I am delighted to be working with my colleagues at Pixelscope to create something so unique.”

Pixelscope chief executive Kei Kwon added: “We’ve been working for several years to create the perfect AI solution to provide the most accurate sports data with high standard quality and to deliver this in a cost-effective way that can also open doors from the groups that get fewer spotlights, such as youth and amateurs, to the professional leagues.

“MRMC’s range of camera robotic solutions and expertise in motion makes them the ideal partner for us to continue towards our goal of making Pixelcast the go-to solution for more professional leagues and tournaments regardless of their tiers or sports. I cannot wait to see what the future holds for this collaboration.”

The integration of AI tracking systems and broadcast robotics marks a new “industrial revolution” in the broadcast industry, enhancing efficiency, accuracy, and innovation, MRMC added.

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