Talked to someone in the AD who said these were coming. The technology is from UM alum and Dolphins' owner Stephen Ross, after whom the Business School is named.
Anybody else get an email for a "Fanvision" device seemingly from the University?
Just after I read the email, and posted, there was a delivery. I just got it. Wow, things are looking up. Now I just have to figure out how to use the damn thing. Good problem to have. And if it's from Ross, it must be quality.
What phone did you call? Would love to get one... Any idea how they selected the lucky winners? I don't think I could be a winner as I have no idea how Fanvision would've gotten my home address.
1-866-704-1521. They run $259, but they're on promotional sale for $199.
So, like, wow.
And I don't have a clue. I asked my AD contacts, and they knew nothing about it. So I don't know if it's season ticket holder drawing (I'm just a regular old season ticket holder), or people who have wrote in about OSU...water...whatever....heck, I even wondered a survey I did with someone from LSA....don't have any idea. Email and device came almost at the exact same time, and that's all the notice there was. And the website is kinda thin at the moment.
Just got mine in the mail. Big package with the device. Looks pretty cool.
I just sent an e-mail back to them asking WTF
I thought it might be a scam as well, but it looked like a valid umich.edu address
UPS delivered a box this afternoon that said "Enclosed is your new FanVision compliments of the University of Michigan Wolverines," and then about 20 minutes later I got the email explaining what it is. I'm excited to try it out at the game, but their planning seems pretty haphazard. Getting a strange box at the door, with no instructions inside, then a cryptic email, and having it all be 2 days before the first game seems amateurish. They even had to send out a follow-up email 15 minutes later explaining that these things would be delivered to your home. And no explanation of whether this is for season-ticket holders, Victors Club members or what.
We weren't supposed to say anything. We're all a part of a secret society now.
Do you know anyone in the Department? Did you write emails about OSU, water, or something else? Volunteer for LSA or anything? Is Brian selling our email addresses? ;-)
I'm just kinda curious if there's a common theme in being chosen. I never win anything.
Season ticks? Victor's Club?
I know one of the premium seating guys, but not especially well
Mine is now fully charged and ready to go for Saturday's game. It was a very nice surprise.
BTW, I'm an alumnus and season ticket holder at the blue donation level.
Only members of the Illuminati are getting it. Why is everybody so paranoid?
But I did get one from BTN for first 25,000 get free commemorative bottle of water courtesy of Absopure!
So I got that going for me, which is nice.
at the gate!
You're hiding it/carrying it in a winter jacket. I'm kinda wondering how to transport it in shorts and a jersey or t-shirt.
Yeah seems weird, electronic devices no problem... Whoa there buddy, is that sealed water bottle you got there?
I had the chance to meet Mr. Ross last year and he mentioned that he was working on this gadget for the Dolphins. Apparently he thought it would be a good deal to have here to. He mentioned that he bought some company that was unsuccessful because they didn't have any money and financed them to develop this. His grand vision was having it in every seat in every football (or any sport) stadium in the country. It's cool that we (you guys, they're probably not sending them to students) get a sneak peak at the future.
Could you take a picture of it, and tell us some of the features it says it has? I'm really intrigued.
holders, but here is the link to the company's website--looks like a pretty cool device and concept:
It looks like it's available for 11 NFL teams, and Michigan. Good to have rich graduates.
Oh, and you can see it for yourself, now.
Though even looking at that, I still can't figure out exactly what it does. Highlights. Game. Stats. Probably be able to figure out more when it loads.
But for the terminally lazy-
Miami Dolphins owner Stephen Ross late last year purchased Montreal-based mobile video outfit Kangaroo TV, has since renamed it FanVision, and will distribute about 20,000 wireless handheld units to Dolphins season-ticket holders that will play live video and audio, replays, highlights from other NFL games, statistics, personalized fantasy team tracking, and other content. The units are being provided free to the club’s season-ticket holders on a one-unit-for-every-two-seats basis, and then are due to be returned after the season.
Ross has offered FanVision units to the other 31 NFL clubs, and would like to see the device used in every Super Bowl, as it was in February at Super Bowl XLIV in Sun Life Stadium. The effort seeks to dramatically expand upon Kangaroo’s prior, more limited profile in golf and motorsports events that used a device rental model, and much smaller deployments last year with the Dolphins and several NFL teams before that.
Ross’ push is also fully in keeping with a broader initiative spearheaded by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell to improve and promote the in-stadium experience, as he, like many, is well aware of how football’s highly rated and increasingly immersive TV experience threatens the vitality of attending live games.
That they'll be for sale at the Stadium stores like M-Den and stuff. So you can buy one there.
I'm officially jealous. If my dad doesn't get one of those, I'd be slightly upset. Whoever came up with and made those is a smart (wo)man. That seems like something they would sell, though, and not just give away to people. Not that I'm complaining.
I got the email as well and i'm a first year season ticket holder in Blue.
I just got a phone call from a family friend, a UM graduate from the 50's (if you catch my drift), who got one of these on his porch and was totally confused as to what he was supposed to do with it. We're Victors Club members, too, and we didn't get one, so... I guess not everyone gets one?
Sounds cool, I guess.
Just got home and there was a box outside my front door from Insight Technologies. The Fanvision device looks cool! I hope we get to keep it without being charged some misc fee in the future for it. I'm an alumnus season ticket holder of 2 years, Blue donation level,
Says something about the first year being free, then some subscriber fee. But it seems very "beta" and they're testing out what they're doing. I'll just be happy if it works (says it needs no activation at this time). That, and they don't expect you to buy a new one every year, like the radios.
but I did get an email from this rich prince in Nigeria, who is going to give me a whole bunch of money to help him get into the U.S..... so I have that going for me.... I just have to give him my SS#, bank account #, my first born and a hand job when he shows up in the U.S. So, that shouldn't be too much of a problem. I have lots of other children......which is nice...I am going into work tomorrow to tell everybody to go suck an egg. Even though I am rich now, I still don't think I have enough money to buy a bottle water at a game this year though. Oh well, you can't have it all......
I found the golden ticket. My wife deleted the email, so I have no idea how to use it, but i will bring it on Saturday. Can't wait to see the first replay of Denard smoking into the endzone, dreads on fire. Go Blue!!!!!
Mine will probably be flashing 12:00 until at least Big Ten Season begins...
Just noticed they showed it on the broadcast (as I'm rewatching the game). Looks better in Heather Cox's hands than mine.
there usually isn't enough time between plays to really look at it for replays, get stats, etc. Watching the action on the field directly >>> watching it on a little handheld TV.
Best thing about it was being able to listen to Beckmann and Brandstatter without having to buy one of those $20 radios that won't work next season. It'll be cool to be able to see other games that are on at the same time when they have some meaning to either our season or just something huge nationally.
Maybe I'll get better at hitting the right buttons as the season goes on, but by the time I got a replay up on the screen, the next play was starting on the field (damn that Rodriguez/Denard hurry-up offense!). Also, I couldn't find a way to replay anything other than the immediately preceding play (other than through a highlight package that was available later in the game). Probably the biggest advantage was a personal, up-close view of the videos being shown on the scoreboard -- I remember when that "new" scoreboard seemed big enough to block out the sun, but now the video portion of it seems hopelessly outdated and tiny. All in all, this box is definitely worth the price (i.e., free!), but I'm not sure how much I'd be willing to pay for it.
There was just enough of a time delay, that after a tackle, you could flip it up and see the end of the play, in instant replay. But yeah, the hurry up offense is not conducive to it.
I did like to use the scoreboard part a lot. The device did show how outdated the boards are...because the device is letterbox, but the screens are old school square! So you see more on the box than the screen. (And, sorry, but without all that poorly down closed-captioning).
I liked the stats too, because our board is pretty poor with that too. Just watching Denard's stats go up...and up...and up....
But before game, halftime, and commercials, it was a good time killer.
If you hit the "back" button it will automatically take you back to the replay, so you can one button quickly see the replay of what just happened. I think it takes you to the last angle you used, rather than "best" (though I'm not positive), but it's a lot faster than scrolling through.
Very cool to have when they go to video replay. You can hit the "Ok" button to start and stop the video to help see if/when the ball hit the ground, etc.
This weekend kinda sucked, but there have been many a time another great game is on at the same time as a home game, and while I've never had any second thoughts about seeing the U-Mass's of the world over say, Ohio State and Texas or some great game, it'll be nice (if they're ABC game, I'm guessing) to be able to have that on and check out the games in down times. Won't miss it for a snoozer of a Michigan game.
if not on the tadge weighty side.
Was the only one in my immediate area (mid-tier S19) that had one of these beauties. Considering the diversity of people who've received one in this post, I'm rather figuring they had a select number to send out and used the account #s to match up the winners - esp as they say they use the address on file so you had to have gotten season tickets this season (me - this is my 18th yr with them, 2 as student the rest as alum). I'm guessing maybe 1000 of these things? Don't have a real good feel for the number but I only saw a couple other people with one when checking out the new concourses.
The replays, yeah I'd kinda hoped you could flip back through various plays but seems otherwise. The neat part really is the ability to watch other games while there... so you can keep abreast of developments during the down times at the stadium. Even better - with a full charge, if you're there early for the tailgating, as long as you're somewhat close (Crisler, northern section of the golf course, section of AA-Pioneer near the corner of Stadium/Main) you can receive the signal outside and have like College Gameday on.
Gotta say - way cool and great surprise. Go Blue!! Beat the Irish!!
I got 2 for some reason. No idea why...but i'm happy.
here you come!
So I can help you by taking your extra
Had a feature on it this week for those curious how it works.
Engadget has a great article about using one of these at the Bears/Packers game:
The sound on the game field shots is playing the radio broadcast. I brought the earbuds this time to listen to some College Gameday before the game.