Monday, October 27, 2008

Pittsburgh Steelers & Penguins Experimenting With In-Game Wi-Fi Technology

Pittsburgh sports fans who get bored during commercial timeouts and other stoppages in play are getting high-tech options at Heinz Field and Mellon Arena to keep themselves entertained. Songwhale debuted without fanfare this season at Steelers games as a short-range, digital content service that allows ticket-holders to watch player interviews, music and videos, download ringtones and wallpapers and even get electronic gift cards and concession stand coupons. The Penguins, meanwhile, are testing a similar but more live action-oriented service for Mellon Arena. Priya Narasimhan, an associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, said the Yinzcam service she's developing with other researchers at Carnegie Mellon University could debut within weeks at the Uptown arena. Anyone who has a phone with Wi-Fi network access at a game will be able to watch replays from a few minutes ago or from a prior game. They can check live scores from National Hockey League games and even choose camera angles, to focus on one section of the ice or on certain players.

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