Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Super Bowl Heads into the Future

Computer technology is playing a huge role in this year's Super Bowl. In an article from cnn.com, they take a look at just how high tech this year's Super Bowl is going to be. Even the Super Bowl has to get in on the Smart Phone craze. The NFL has released a free Super Bowl app not only for the iPhone, but also for phones running Google's Android system. It seems like every major sporting event recently has released their own smart phone app. The demand for apps is very high, and it seems like whenever a there is a major sporting even, it seems like someone is always looking to make some money by creating an app for the event. Some of these apps also help out local business owners. One app will help show you all the great local bars and restaurants in North Texas. Someone even created an app that will help you find parking at the Super Bowl. The ads for Super Bowl even have their own app. There are many other cool pieces of tech being used at the Super Bowl outside of smart phone apps. The entire stadium is on a Wi-Fi network, and one spokeswoman for AT&T said that they have spent more than $10 million enhancing the signal at the Cowboy's Stadium. The most famous piece of technology at the game is definitely the $40 million, 600- ton video board hanging above the field. There's no telling how much it costs to turn on this high tech stadium. That's why it's so great that all these people are willing to pay to use the cool Super Bowl apps, or pay to advertise on the apps. It's also nice that the cell phone companies are willing to pay so much to make sure that they have a strong signal inside the stadium. The advances in technology not only add to the atmosphere of the Super Bowl itself, but the advances in technology seem to also be very good for the economy. These apps are definitely in high demand, and there's no doubt that businesses like the NFL or ESPN are making money off of them.

6 comments:

  1. More then just sporting events are driving people to create and use "Apps" on their smart phones. Everyday something happens to someone somewhere and they go, "I should make an app for that!" thus an app is made. That is how most of these come around.

    In regard to AT&T's effort to ensure a strong signal at the Cowboy's stadium for this event, they aren't just spending money for the attendees to have a good signal its in effect advertising. With the ability to give a good experience to people it can mislead customers into thinking the signal is always like that. Also with Verizon now taking a larger stake in the smart phone war AT&T is trying to cover more ground and get more people to sign with the company or decide to not switch providers.

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  2. It just shows that people are adapting to the change. With new technology comes these new things that people want, hence the apps. It's good that someone in the sporting industry noticed the rise in apps and decided to do something about it. It could eventually even be a new job solely to make the next best app.

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  3. One of the most popular things right now are apps. They can be fun, exciting, entertaining, and eventful. And you can make one for nearly anything. The SuperBowl app is a smart idea and I'm sure brought in some revenue for the app maker and the wireless company. This is just yet another thing to make electronics efficiant and keep technology moving.

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  4. @Matthew - great observation on the reasoning that ATT chose to spend that much money for one event. I wonder if Verizon hadn't gotten the iPhone if they would have done that. It just proves that competition in a market can be a good thing.

    @Garrett - I don't think that is will eventually be a new job to create the best new app, I think it already is. With the continued growth of mobile technologies, more and more jobs are created for this market. Designers going into college now would certainly be better off learning to program for a mobile market than for the web in my opinion.

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  5. Matt your'e definitely right. That is a great way for AT&T to advertise to their customers. Especially since AT&T is notorious for having a weak signal. It could really help them out if people think that their signal is always reliable. And you're also right in that sports are just one small reason why apps are created.

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  6. Garrett i also like what you said a lot. Technology is changing so quickly it seems like a lot of it is helping the economy. I agree with what Kern said also, in that the apps are already creating jobs for people. Smart phones in general have had a huge effect on the economy.

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