Shalom Life | March 10, 2014

Startup Club: Replay Technologies

Shalom Life speaks to Aviv Shapira, co-founder of the 3D technologies company which is revolutionizing the way we view sporting events, from NBA to NFL to MLB

By: Daniel Koren

Published: February 13th, 2014 in Business » Israel

Over the past few decades, a growing number of small businesses involved in various industries have popped up around the world meeting the needs of an ever-growing, ever-changing market.

Jewish businessmen and innovators continue to excel throughout these industries, displaying their prowess as creative, forward-thinking entrepreneurs, and tapping into continuously developing markets with 'startup' companies.

In a bid to recognize these decorated entrepreneurs for their ongoing contributions and advancements to these fields, Shalom Life is pleased to present: Startup Club, highlighting the best and the brightest of Jewish entrepreneurs who continue to provide our community with new, influential and innovative ideas that will forever change the way we interact with the world, and with one another.

Follow our lead and we’ll follow yours – send us tips or suggestions via email, comment below or tweet us @ShalomLife, in our mission to celebrate the most visionary of Jewish entrepreneurs.

Check out last week's inductee into the Club here.

Business: Replay Technologies

Based Out Of: Tel Aviv (with offices in Dallas and Newark)

Entrepreneur: Aviv Shapira, Matteo Shapira, Oren Haimovitch-Yogev

Industry: 3D Technology

A few weeks ago, we reported on an Israeli-based technology company that would power this year's forthcoming NBA All Star Game with their immersive 'FreeD' (free dimension) technology.

The result, as many have already noted, looks like something straight out of the Matrix. Imagine a scenario like this, but instead of Keanu dodging bullets, you'll actually be able to witness DeMar DeRozan's spectacular dunk over Kevin Durant. I can dream, can't I?

Coincidentally, the company refers to such high-speed, advanced footage as 'bullet time,' named in Neo's honour, of course.

As NBC Sunday Night Football producer Fred Gaudelli said, “Fans will think they’re playing a video game or watching a Sci-Fi movie, but they’ll actually be viewing real NFL football as never presented before."

Shalom Life had a chance to catch up with co-founder and COO of Replay Technologies, Aviv Shapira who, alongside his brother Matteo, and Oren Haimovitch-Yogev (CEO), came up with the idea while watching a Manchester United match in London. “I want to see what the game looks like from the perspective of the ball,” Shapira said.

This is what got the proverbial ball in motion.

"Our company is now two years old, and we've recently expanded to include ten employees," Shapira tells me. "We've worked in some of the largest arenas in sports, from the London Olympics to New York Yankees baseball, Dallas Cowboys football, and of course, our most recent project, the NBA All Star Game."

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