ESPN is working on virtual set technology that allows anchors or players in distant locations to appear as holograms on-screen. The cable sports giant plans to start using the technology on-air in the spring. This is actually pretty cool, check out ESPN's hologram technology here.
To demonstrate the virtual technology at a media briefing, ESPN assembled longtime anchor Chris Berman and EVP of technology Chuck Pagano in a conference room, seated some eight feet apart, with a series of large HD displays behind them. Then longtime anchor Bob Ley magically appeared, seated on a chair between them, in hologram form on the TV screens.
Ley's virtual appearance onscreen was remarkably realistic, without the significant image blurring seen in previous versions of hologram technology, such as what CNN used on Election Night last fall.
I imagine there will be a number of interesting applications such as allowing ESPN to bring images of players directly into the studio for analysis or interviews.