Tuesday, November 11, 2008

What, no Holodeck?

There's going to be an announcement this morning from Cisco and the Yankees about all of the bells and whistles that will be found in the new Stadium:

According to a media advisory, there will be a 10:00 a.m. Eastern conference to unveil "new fan-facing technologies to be featured in the new Yankee Stadium."

Bloomberg reports that Cisco explains its capabilities for transforming the world of sports entertainment on its Web site, "including a 'connected' stadium that features one network to control everything from building automation, HD video screens and surveillance, voice communications, broadband access, ticketing and retail sales."
Current plans have the Cyberdyne -- er, I mean the Cisco system -- becoming self-aware at 2:14 AM, August 13, 2012. When Hank Steinbrenner attempts to shut down the system, YankNet will define all humans as its new enemy and decide to terminate them in order to protect its existence.

11 comments:

Pete Toms said...

Cisco, was / is involved in the proposed stadium in Fremont ( which is more about real estate development than a baseball stadium, but I digress ). IIRC, they would have the naming rights and the stadium would be technologically state of the art for the fans. Ability to call up stats and who knows what from your seats, I can't recall the details. They seem keen to get their brand in front of us ball fans though.

lukejameslarson said...

or maybe hank's bro will be the one who tries to shut it down. "i can't do that, hal."

Craig Calcaterra said...

Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer true . . .

bigcatasroma said...

And people still wonder where the name "Evil Empire" comes from . . .

Are they building a stadium, or a Death Star?

Anonymous said...

APBA Guy-

I'd be worried if any Yankee customers are named Sara Conner.

Mark said...

At first glance, I read that the announcement was going to be about all the new "new fan-FENCING" technologies. Considering all the anti-fan security measures at the old YS, for a second this didn't seem all that far-fetched.

Michael M said...

I'm sorry, I hate the Yankees. They're more business than baseball.

Jason @ IIATMS said...

Mock all you want! I'm excited to see what this badboy can do.

Hey, for the amount they are spending (ie fleecing me and my neighbors), it better come with turbo, wood trim, satellite and polished chrome rims.

So long as the MetroNorth stop is ready, I'm good to go!

Good to see that only the Yanks are a business, Michael M. Every other team is in it purely for the love of the game. Like the Padres, Marlins, etc. Wait, is that a cornfield?

(I keed again)

Mark said...

Jason, the Marlins at least must be in it for love. They're sure not in it for success.

Pete Toms said...

From ballparkdigest.com today. ( Even though the editor thinks I'm an idiot, but I digress )

Along with the live game broadcast, monitors will be capable of simultaneously providing up-to-date sports scores, Yankees trivia, news and weather from a single viewing screen. At the conclusions of games, these monitors will allow the Yankees the ability to direct patrons to the nearest exits and provide up-to-the-moment traffic information. In the event of an emergency, all stadium monitors can be immediately and uniformly mobilized to display evacuation instructions. On non-game days, these same monitors can be used to display customized content and information for special events such as conferences, weddings and other group activities.
Premium luxury suites will be outfitted with touch-screen Internet Protocol (IP) phones that will allow fans to order concessions and Yankees merchandise for delivery to the suite.
Down the road, the Yankees will be able to support fan use of mobile devices for ordering concessions from their seat, viewing instant replays or chatting in real time with friends inside and outside the stadium. In addition, the stadium has the capability to allow fans to communicate with players before or after the game using interactive video-based technology.
As we snarked earlier, most of this isn't really revolutionary; the Mets are also instituting an integrated IP network at Citi Field, and we're guessing the Twins are planning some similar things in their new ballpark. Mixing technology and baseball is a challenge once you get past the scoreboard; fans never seem too interested in using their handhelds or mobile devices.

He also comments - I assume in reference to Cisco Field, maybe coming to Fremont - "Cisco, which seems to have settled on wiring ballparks as a potent marketing tool..."

None of that appeals to me but I'm an old " get off my lawn! " guy. I don't even use a cell, I have one but no longer have service for it.

Amos said...

Wired ballparks? I hate the idea of some fan in section 420 crunching numbers - or worse, doing actual work - on their laptop while the game's in progress. But now that cell phones are starting to rely more on wi-fi and we're heading toward an entirely wi-fi'ed world, I guess it's reasonab.