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Robot camera mistakes assistant referee’s bald head for the ball

On Saturday,  an unforeseen and unprecedented event occurred in the historic town of Inverness in the distant Scottish Highlands.

The camera system, known as Pixellot, is a life-saving option during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Caley Thistle announced the technology two weeks ago, and first used the camera system in a broadcast setting for Saturday’s Scottish Championship match against Ayr United.




The only problem, it didn’t account for the bald head of the assistant referee glistening in the glorious Scottish sun that shone down on Saturday afternoon. While the difference may be obvious to us as viewers, the Pixellot technology was unable to discern between a bright, white, round object moving about the pitch and a soccer ball.


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