Viewers will get to experience augmented reality on the ABC News network for the coverage of the midterm election Tuesday night.
A brand new set with a section just for augmented reality, which took a year of planning, designing and programming will be featured on the ABC network to cover the U.S. Midterms Tuesday night.
ABC says the goal is to give viewers data using a custom-made 360-degree stage and AR technology without having to cut away to full-screen graphics.
The AR features 3D images of the U.S. Capital and graphics highlighting blue or red chairs inside the chamber seats of the House of Representatives and Senate showing real-time election data.
“There is a web of tracking markers, essentially reflective stickers, that have been applied to the lighting grid and the set pieces that are in the ceiling. The tracking system uses those markers in conjunction with sensors attached to the cameras to calculate where the camera is in ‘space’,” according to ABC News Director of Graphics Operations Tamar Gargle, “This data is sent to our graphics system, which maps the graphics to the proper place in ‘real’ space so it appears that the graphic is in the room.”
ABC News Live – the network’s 24/7 breaking news and live events streaming channel – will offer continuous commercial-free coverage on Election Day starting at 4:30 p.m. ET on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon Fire TV, YouTube, Apple News, Facebook, Twitter and the ABC News site and mobile phone apps.