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Fox Sports is having some fun with the inclement weather forecast for Super Bowl XLVIII on Feb. 2.
The network has commissioned Bay Area software provider Autodesk to create technology that will track wind patterns during the Super Bowl and then superimpose graphics over live game play.
Dubbed the Fox Weather Trax, the tool uses simulation technology to create visual representations of airflow inside MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
Zac Fields, Fox Sports’ vp graphics and technology, said the high-tech graphics will help viewers “see the wind.”
“Since the wind has a notorious reputation in the New Jersey Meadowlands, and given the magnitude of the game, we looked for and found a great tool to depict this phenomenon in excellent detail,” he said.
Jon den Hartog, a product line manager at Autodesk who worked on the simulation for Fox Sports, tells The Hollywood Reporter that the technology will be used at moments in the game where wind might be a factor, such as a field goal or long pass attempt.
“The plan is that when wind appears to be a factor, we will be able to bring up this feature and tell that part of the story, which hasn’t been told in the past,” he says.
In addition to the Fox Weather Trax, the network also plans to use an infrared camera that will show the body temperature of players in either red or blue.
Watch a simulation of the wind patterns at MetLife stadium recorded on Jan. 19.
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