IBM has been working at Wimbledon since the dawn of time and they’re upping their tech ante in 2009 with a trio of mobile phone apps to help you, me and everyone we know follow the comings and goings at SW19, mostly via Twitter.
The pick of the bunch for me is the Seer Aggregator which is essentially a specific Twitter channel beaming straight to your phone. IBM will have a crack team of tweeters in and around the Lawn Tennis Association HQ offering real time info on the games, the scores and anything from queue lengths, seat availability and the general atmosphere too. Some of these sources will include the commentators and the players themselves and I can’t wait for the first “You cannot be serious!” tweet from Maccer.
Wimbledon iPhone app
The second is a little more “expected” shall we say, as we’ll expect a slew of World Cup 2010 themed bits and pieces next summer. No word on how much a Wimbledon iPhone app will cost – I’m thinking free – but it’ll bring all the scores and draws straight to your phone while you sit sweating in a hot city office all too far from the strawberries and cream of South-West London.
On the plus side, it’s probably not going to sing Summer Holiday at you when rain stops play – at least, you’d hope not.
Seer Android Beta
The most ambitious of the three is unlikely to be available to anyone but VIP guests this year. It’s an Android specific app designed to run on the G1. It uses the handset’s in-built compass, GPS and camera to identify buildings at Wimbledon and provide real time information on what’s going on inside them.
The footage of what you point it at will stream directly to a database which identifies the image and reports with all the kinds of detail you’d expect from the Seer Aggregator plus a little bit more too. It’ll work on everything from courts to restaurants.
Sounds a little on the gimmicky side but certainly worth a go if you’re lucky enough to have one thrust into your hand.
It’s probably too late to get tickets to the summer UK tennis extravaganza but, if you’d like info on where to stick your sleeping bag/jump the fence, you’ll find it all here.