April 10, 2005 One of the problems of 3G services for mobile phones is that although they are capable of streaming video for the duration of a sporting event, the cost would be prohibitively expensive on the basis of data transfer alone. One intelligent solution to providing live sport over 3G comes from Japanese developer Craftmax via its new “Digital Stadium” software. Digital Stadium broadcasts real-time animation of American and Japanese professional baseball games over DoCoMo 3G mobile phones. An animation of every play is broadcast in real time, with the speed and trajectory of the pitch, correctly uniformed avatars of each player and all the sound effects of the crowd, the hit, the movements of the players and the ball. There’s also a live scoreboard and everything but the popcorn.
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