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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Sporting Event App Recognizes Cavs and Indians Fans on the 'Big Screen'

Posted By on Tue, Jun 6, 2017 at 12:37 PM

click to enlarge PHOTO VIA 15 SECONDS OF FAME/TWITTER
  • photo via 15 Seconds of Fame/Twitter
Fans attenting games at Progressive Field and Quicken Loans Arena no longer have to worry about capturing a priceless game day moment with their camera phones, the free app 15 Seconds of Fame now does all of the heavy lifting for you.

Using facial recognition, the app tracks your location and produces any still images and video footage the arena may have caught of you screaming and smiling on the big screen while cheering on the Indians or Cavs.

Brett Joshpe, CEO of the New York tech company, told the Akron Beacon Journal that the point of the app is for fans to enjoy their moment of glory fully.

"We capture moments every day that could easily go viral. We get a lot of funny dance clips and families who bring their kids to the game," Joshpe told the Beacon.

This app is certainly useful to fans eager to preserve game day memories, yet it also highlights a modern willingness to give up personal information.

In order for the app to work, users must upload a clear picture of their face and share their location. The app uses that information to input users into a database and scan video feeds from the stadium, utilizing algorithms and computer programs.

Of course, the 15 Seconds of Fame app does ask for permission before tracking a user's location or information. But without a user's location, the app can't work properly.

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