Camera Corps selected Theia Technologies’ ultra wide angle, undistorted megapixel lens in their Net-Cam system to cover World Cup soccer play. The Net-Cam uses Theia’s MY125M lens on Toshiba’s IK-HR1S 2.1 megapixel camera. The lens provides up to 125 degrees horizontal field of view and dramatically reduces the fisheye distortion of typical wide angle lenses.
Two Net-Cam modules, both including a Theia lens, were mounted in each of the 10 South Africa venues used during the FIFA World Cup soccer competition. The Net-Cam system was developed by Camera Corps specifically for the FIFA World Cup to capture the entire goal-mouth from the rear corner of the net.
And capture it did. Net-Cam became central in the controversy surrounding the referee call that denied England a goal against Germany in their June 27th cup match. The image below shows the disallowed goal captured by Camera Corps’ Net-Cams and Theia’s lens during England’s 4-1 defeat by Germany. The image was embellished to show how a goal line would have to look for the ball to not have crossed it. Despite video evidence to the contrary, Cup officials disallowed the goal and sparked a controversy about how best to monitor goal-scoring during soccer games in general and World Cup play in particular.
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