If you’ve ever wanted to see a baseball player at bat through your eyes, you’re about to have your chance. T-Mobile is launching its 5G network by equipping gamers at the Derby Home Run 2021 with 5G point-of-view cameras on their helmets, including catchers ’masks. Watch the competition live through one T-Mobile special site and you can watch the batting practice and the derby itself as if you’re on the field, with 5G (hopefully) keeping everything in sync.
The event starts on July 12, starting with practice at 6:30 PM Eastern and the derby itself at 8PM. POV cameras also come along with a new MLB AR mobile app to explore Coors Field in 3D and get detailed statistics for each swing. People with 5G phones will also receive additional statistics such as waiting time and exit speed, although this is clearly just an incentive to upgrade your device. You don’t need 5G to get a few extra numbers.
The footage is “only” in HD, and it’s not clear which players will have 5G cameras. T-Mobile says they will have three or four capped cameras during batting practice, and then have two during the derby (one for the American League, one for the National League) in addition to a catcher camera. However, if all goes well, you’ll see how it is for stars like Shohei Ohtani when they drive one out of the park. Look at it this way – even if cameras are limited, this is one of the few 5G connections that’s more than just a trick.
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