Friday, January 22, 2010

Cowboy Contact

The new Cowboy Stadium in Texas has a specially built wireless system to provide closed captioning, audio play-by-play and amplified public announcements for football fans. The device allows users to go anywhere in the stadium and remain in contact with the game because it connects to the stadium's Wi-Fi network. The team rejected the idea of adding video board captions because that type of system would limit some fans when they went to concession stands or other areas of the stadium. The company that developed the device, Softeq Development Corp, believes it's the first of its kind for a stadium. The team has 4o of the devices which are about the size of a phone with a 3-and-a-half inch screen. A similar system was created for Disneyland and Walt Disney World. The closed captions are now only in English, but the team plans to soon add Spanish captions.