IBM’s latest gizmo will help in not getting lost at WimbledonJune 17th, 2009 - 7:08 pm ICT by ANI
London, June 17 (ANI): The latest gizmo developed by IBM, which can be placed in your phone, will help one from not getting lost at Wimbledon.
IBM’s Android Seer Beta can help you find out where to get food. This little helper will be with users wherever they go, Sky News reports.
The application will tell tennis fans exactly where they are in the myriad of grass courts.
Alan Flack from IBM explains further: “By using GPRS and an internal phone compass, your mobile can determine exactly where you are and which court you’re looking at.”
“Point it at the court you’re standing beside and a pop-up window on the screen will give details of who’s playing, what the score is, who’s next on court and where the nearest food and toilet facilities are.
“For the Wimbledon fortnight we take on about 40 staff who are tennis trained, and they sit courtside with a special application on a laptop,” he added.
The application is only available on a small number of T-Mobile phones, but the new Apple iPhone will also have the technology to host the application.
“The penetration of the android isn’t huge, but essentially we’re talking about the art of the possible,” admits Flack.
With a new, retractable roof on Centre Court and the android on fans’ phones, this could be the year of the technological Wimbledon.
Usually known for being conservative, the All England Lawn Tennis Club are also getting in on the act.
Fans will be able to log onto a Twitter feed on the Wimbledon website to find out updates on everything from match results to the size of the queue for taxis. (ANI)
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