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WSU professor recognized as a ‘top idea’ innovator by Sports Biz Journal

 (Rajah Bose / 3d-4u)
(Rajah Bose / 3d-4u)

WSU Pullman Engineering School Professor Sankar (Jay) Jayaram has been cited by Sports Business Journal as one of 15 "top idea innovators."

Jayaram was lauded for his work with Pullman-based 3D-4U Solutions in developing a personal event viewer that gives individualized and interactive options for people watching an event on a traditional secreen or on a 3D screen.

Jayaram, along with his wife, Uma Jayaram, also an associate professor in the School of Mechanical and Materials Engineering, are co-founders of 3D-4U Solutions

The technology lets the viewer control with manual touchscreens or buttons what they watch and what angle or direction of replay of an event is transmitted. The devices can use both live-event mode or on-demand mode with full DVR functionality. The technology was first showcased at Washington State University’s newly upgraded luxury suites in Martin Stadium.

3D-4U Solutions has since released a mobile app named iStadium in the Apple store and Google Market Place for mobile devices. The company will soon add capabilities that allow people to instantly share their unique, personally produced view of events. This technology has generated considerable interest nationally and internationally for sports, concerts, and security.

A WSU magazine feature on the system appeared this year.

Earlier this summer, the company was invited by Jazeera Sports to Doha, Qatar, to showcase the 3D-4U technology at a World Cup Qualifier soccer game there. 3D-4U has also made strategic partnerships to bring the technology to Europe.

The Jayarams are directors of the WSU’s Virtual Reality and Computer Integrated Manufacturing Lab, where they have provided virtual reality-based engineering technologies for U.S. manufacturing companies, particularly in the area of assembly. They have also done seminal work in Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems, computer graphics, and Artificial Intelligence.

Fans in the WSU Martin Stadium will have an opportunity to engage with this highly innovative technology this fall when many new and updated features will be introduced during the home football games including access to iStadium through mobile devices in the Club seating area.

The Spokesman-Review business team follows economic development in Spokane and the Inland Northwest.