It looks like an intruder from outer space. I first saw it in the closing ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in New Delhi. Enter the Spider Cam. It is suspended on wires from four corners of an arena, football or cricket field. It can go up and down, north, south, east and west. It is a bit disconcerting to see this video robot staring at you like an alien with evil intent.
Cricket players in the IPL league cricket have complained too about its domineering presence during tense moments of cricket matches. On the other hand the spider cam is able to get such great close-ups of the action that viewers love the new addition to television gadgetry.
The genesis of this invention lies in the US which had a Skycam in the 1980s. The currently popular Spidercam is the invention of an Austiran firm CCSystemsInc headed by Jens C. Peters. The company has been providing the camera the world over since the year 2000. It has been seen at live concerts of stars like Robbie Williams, The Police and Kylie Minogue in far corners of the world from Australia, Great Britain to Argentina.
The spidercam has been an awe inspiring visitor to many sports events including the 2012 Test Match at the Gabba, Brisbane between Australia and South Africa.