Ultimate World Cup 2018 opening ceremony: holograms and ball-kicking bots


When it comes to the World Cup, there’s only one thing more beautiful than the beautiful game itself, and that’s the opening ceremony.

Before all eyes turn to Luis Suarez and Cristiano Ronaldo in Russia’s World Cup 2018 tournament, we’ll all be transfixed on the pre-game show at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium.

We know that the Fresh Prince himself, Will Smith, will be performing the official song of the tournament at the ceremony. But there’s always more than just a few celebrities having a warble – there’s sure to be some show-stopping, eye-catching tech on show too.

While the exact details of the opening ceremony often remain a closely guarded secret, you can be sure that some spectacular tech will be on the pitch to kick things off with a bang. Here’s what we’re hoping to see.

Iconic footballing holograms

Remember when Tupac rocked Coachella – 16 years after his death? That was thanks to the fantastic resurrection of a little-known magic trick called ‘Pepper’s Ghost’, revamped, recharged and rebranded as a modern day hologram. It saw a projection of the dearly departed gangster rapper projected down onto a reflective surface and bounced onto a foil screen at an angle so that the image of Tupac could be seen, but not the screen itself.

Wouldn’t it be fantastic to do something similar with history’s greatest football stars, in the prime of their careers? Pele showing off his silky skills as a young Brazilian whizz kid, Zinedine Zidane before he was remembered for just that headbutt, Maradona using his fancy footwork instead of his sneaky hands? It’d be magical.

Robot football teams

While robots are supposedly about to take over all manner of jobs, professional footballers can rest easy for a few years yet based on what we’ve seen of droids’ attempts to master the beautiful game. However, …read more

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