Howzzat! Live cricket telecast on your handset

Howzzat! Live cricket telecast on your handset
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First Published: Thu, Jun 07 2007. 12 41 AM IST
Updated: Thu, Jun 07 2007. 12 41 AM IST
New Delhi: It’s Friday afternoon and you’re dying to get home from work to catch the India vs Down Under day-and-night in the confines of your bedroom. While you’re busy masticating on whether or not you should fib to your boss that you aren’t well and want the rest of the day off, guess who calls on your extension?
There’s this important client presentation and there’s no way boss is going to let you miss it. Worse, it’s at 8 o’clock in the evening and will, in all likelihood, take another two hours at least before you wind up, hop a cab, snake your way through traffic snarls and get home. There goes your cricket match.
Enter Motorola to the rescue. The mobile phone service provider has just developed a new, affordable solution just so that you aren’t deprived the pleasure of watching the all important one-dayer.
Motorola has recently tied up with former batsman Krish Srikanth to offer a mobile experience that allows you to watch Tendulkar smash Warnie and McGrath all the way to the fence right on your screen in quasi real time. The time difference between a television relay and the onscreen version is 30-40 seconds, no more.
The onscreen match comes with simulated action replays of the last big hit, dismissal or near miss. You can even get a live score card and can also archive the match and watch it at leisure, after your through with that presentation of yours.
The gaming functionality is available on ROKR E6, a touchscreen instrument that is available for Rs17,000. The vibration, graphics and sound on the handset give you the feel of the actual game.
And there’s this convenient touchscreen experience that makes watching it on your cellphone all the more easy and exciting. As the cricket season approaches, what the first word that comes to your mind? ”Cricket” of course. And since it starts with the letter ’C’. All you’ve go to do is press it and hey presto, the men in white suddenly metamorphose onto your screen.
Great. But what’s the Srikanth catch? Lloyd Mathias has got a pretty simple explanation. Says Motorola’s India marketing director: ”We weren’t ever looking for a geek sitting in his tech lab. What we wanted was a cricketer who understands technology. And Krish fits the bill to the T.”
The concept is actually the brainchild of Srikant’s son Aditya, who is pretty gung-ho about the success of introducing live matches on Motorola handsets.
Right, so Motorola has stolen a march over the other players in the telecom space by offering the real thing instead of telegraphic updates of the latest score. No more annoying button-pressing -- most of the other guys in telecomnagar actually expect you to key in four digits and sms your request. No more dealing with suffocating telecom traffic. The best part is that Motorola is facilitating all this for free.
Wait, there’s more. The handset is endowed with other cricketing experiences for buffs like you. Choose your favourite player on screen, pit your batting or bowling skills against his in a virtual environment replete with background sound as well. So you’ll get a standing ovation for scoring a virtual century or getting Ponting’s prized scalp.
Flying Bails is another stressbuster of a game in which you score each time you knock the virtual stumps off with a virtual ball. A great way to get rid of all the angst you’ve suffered on a particularly hard Friday evening, isn’t it?
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First Published: Thu, Jun 07 2007. 12 41 AM IST