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By Lumistar's Chief Scientist

February 15, 2014

Infrared Camera Used On Players During Super Bowl

Lumistar NFL Infrared Camera

Super Bowl XLVIII fans might be interested to know they used a very sensitive infrared camera that showed how players’ for the Seahawks and Broncos body temperatures changed throughout the game. To achieve this goal a cooled midwave infrared camera with a 6x continuous zoom lens and a cooled detector were used. “I don’t know what story that tells, but it might make for some pretty cool pictures,” Eric Shanks, Fox Sports chief operating officer and executive producer, told the Television Critics Association in January. Fox Sports the host network for the Super Bowl touted the game as “the coldest and boldest Super Bowl ever” in its advertising weeks before the February 2 kickoff. Shanks said the pre-game timing will be altered slightly because of the temperature so people aren’t on the field standing around too long waiting for the players to come out. “We have spent a lot of time with the league going over contingency plans,” Shanks said, noting three NFL games on Fox this season were delayed because of weather. The first cold-weather Super Bowl was actually pretty warm at 53 degrees Fahrenheit. Temperatures for Sunday’s NFL title game at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J. were 10 to 15 degrees above normal, and just nine degrees below the record high of 62 set in 1973. It’s not what league owners expected weeks before the game and even as far back as 2010 when the stadium contract was awarded. Snow, ice and frigid temperatures were expected, and they feared the temperatures would detract from the game normally held in outdoor warm-weather cities or in a domed stadium. The Seahawks won 43-8.

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Filed under: Camera,Company,Infrared,Lumistar,Technology,Thermal Imaging — Tags: — Lumistar @ 08:00


  1. Pics or it didn’t happen.

    Comment by Melanie Camacho — February 15, 2014 @ 13:08


  3. Oooh. Since it’s FOX must be nefarious. lol

    Comment by Damian Wayne Dunlap — February 15, 2014 @ 18:44


  5. Better be safe than sorry.

    Comment by Alexis Mckinney — February 17, 2014 @ 09:10


  7. Nice to see technology is helping these players when they have to go through so much already.

    Comment by Stephanie Vinson — February 18, 2014 @ 12:23


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    Comment by ptzone — February 19, 2014 @ 06:26


  11. I think the NFL should stick with the standard plan of dome or warm weather.

    Comment by tjrock — February 19, 2014 @ 07:45


  13. I wish I had seen the whole game in thermal vision. That would be cool! *nerds out*

    Comment by predicto — February 20, 2014 @ 08:52


  15. This camera was muy muy expensive. Cooled mid-wave with a 6x zoom! No wonder tickets cost so much. Makes Lumistar look like something you can get out of a bubble gum machine for a nickel.

    Comment by Ruben Ross — February 22, 2014 @ 06:18


  17. It looks like we are heading into the future where the NFL, NBA, NHL, professional soccer are all utilizing these high-tech information gathering tools to increase athletic performance and safety.

    Comment by Jason Hurley — February 22, 2014 @ 16:29


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