You and a bud are out for a basketball game. You’ve got great seats and the home team’s putting on a show. What could be better?
Well, how about a TABLET PC displaying a searchable menu of all the soaring dunks and duels you’re watching? When the action slows down, just click on “Kobe Dunks over Garnett” and relive the thrill. And while you’re at it, tap out an order for some dogs and another beer.
Are we dreaming? Not if Jeff Buckwalter has his way. The head of Denver-based Air-Grid Networks wants to use high-speed wireless to bring instant replays, live video, and Web access to arenas and ballparks around the country. Fans could view plays in slow motion — and choose their camera angles. We’re talking revolution, especially in those venues that are a bit wimpy about showing potentially controversial replays.
“We think that’s a big attraction,” Buckwalter says. “The end users shouldn’t be forced to swallow a censored set of replays.”
For around $25 per game, fans will tap into a local-access wireless network (LAN) running on the zippy 802.11a frequency. Air-Grid will set up the LAN and relay video feeds from broadcasters and the teams themselves. When? As early as the 2003 basketball and hockey season. Air-Grid plans trial runs with the Indiana Pacers and the NHL’s Nashville Predators.