Friday, November 07, 2003

This is cool. Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium is a prototype for a new wireless communications system called e-Stadium. A small test group that grown from 20 to 120 fans throughout the season has been accessing e-Stadium on their cell phones and/or PDA's. Currently e-Stadium's features are fairly limited--providing up-to-the-minute game statistics, sports scores from around the country, player bios, current weather conditions, and even where to find the closest concession stand to your seat. It's like having ESPN and more in the palm of your hand, WHILE enjoying the live game experience. Eventually, instant video highlights and replays as well as the ability to order food electronically which will then be delivered to your seat (for a pretty penny, I'm sure) so that you don't have to miss any of the action, will be available as well.

There's more info here and here.

Maybe someday we'll be able to use these devices to e-mail the announcers in the press box and the coaches and players on the sidelines..."Hey coach, don't you see that the weak side wide receiver is getting a 9 yard cushion from the DB, get him a quick slant and let him make a move...then set up the pump fake and go up top."

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