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AI sports camera confuse ball and bald in football game

israeli startup Pixellot is developing a platform to independently produce and broadcast various sporting events. The technology is based on an artificial intelligence system which itself determines the focus of the camera and what to show fans. PixellotThe system films the entire field, then rigs a unique algorithm that decides which part of the action to focus on at any given time. This opens the doors for lower-tier leagues, amateur leagues, or non-major sporting events to get TV-style coverage without the help of a camera crew on the field. However, a hysterical mishap took place during Pixellot‘s stream of a Scottish football match that shows a long way to go in perfecting the technology.

Linesman is the ball?

Not long ago, PixellotCaledonian Thistle’s artificial intelligence system broadcast a Scottish Second League all-ages football match between Caledonian Thistle and Ayr United. The system was supposed to focus on the ball and track it all over the field of play. However, the still-learning AI mistook the linesman’s bald dome for the soccer ball and tracked it instead.

In the video you can see how the camera again and again leaves the action and focuses on the linesman’s bullet-shaped head. In one incident, the camera switched to the bald head once the ball entered the frame, then the pass continued off frame, but the camera was fixed on the linesman’s shiny scalp.

The unfortunate mishap came just two weeks after the Scottish squad were hired Pixellotproud to now be able to broadcast live for their fans, who are all quarantined at home and refraining from gathering due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pixellot responded to the hilarious incident by telling Geektime that “Pixellot streamed 105,000 hours of sport live worldwide last month. Yes, there was a specific issue in one of the games and it was taken care of.

Over $60 million in funding

The company has raised over $60 million to date, and last December, Pixellot has acquired an Israeli video analytics platform to provide its clients with insight into player training and development. This eventually led to a partnership with FC Barcelona to provide football giants and even legend Leo Messi and training the AI ​​advantage. Pixellot CEO Alon Weber said Geektime in June that the company has “become the largest sports production company in the world”.