The 49ers may have a cool app for when their new stadium opens in 2014… a bathroom line monitor. I’ve found that going right before a chip shot field goal helps me beat crowds to the urinal but that’s just me and I’ve been going to Giants games for 25 years.
For his bathroom-line monitor, Garland hasn’t yet figured out which combination of connected devices and services will be used. The 49ers have looked at using cameras that would wirelessly report to a system that predicts the wait time, Garland says. The team is also exploring measuring traffic based on wireless signals from people’s mobile phones in a particular area, as many mapping services do to predict traffic on the road. There’s also a lower-tec
Calm down pervs and urinal porn lovers. I’m sure there won’t be any kind of peep show available on Red Zone. Though I’m sure there are people out there that would pay to watch that. Anyway, I digress…
Attendees at the new stadium in Silicon Valley, set to open for next year’s season, will be able to download a 49ers app on their smartphones to check the wait times at nearby men’s and women’s restrooms. A green light means run for it; red, hold it just a bit.
A new breed of connected devices that collect and transmit data is gradually creating a smarter stadium, home, office and, perhaps eventually, everywhere else. Research firm IDC estimates that 212 billion devices around the world will be connected to the Internet by the end of 2020. They make up the awkwardly named Internet of Things, or machine-to-machine applications, where electronics communicate with each other through wireless networks.