Not everyone can be a professional athlete. In fact, the best the vast majority will ever do is watch professional athletes from a distance. If you play football in high school, you’ve got about a 1 in 1,000 chance of going pro. That is one tenth of one percent. For basketball, your chances shrink by almost a factor of 10. Even good athletes are going to need a plan B for enjoying their favorite sports. Technology to the rescue:
We used to speak of the TV/VCR combo. But times have changed. We now speak of the TV/DVR combo. The change in TVs is that they have gotten bigger, better image quality, and more expensive. The DVR can record as many as six shows at a time. That’s a big step up from the one-show VCR. If you get your football On Demand with DIRECTV, you can get up to eight games at a time.
There is a lot of technology involved in consuming that much football at home. You need the right service provider, the right hardware such as the Genie set-top box, and the right bandwidth. If you want to enjoy access to all the sports you can handle when you are out of the house, you will need something like a Slingbox to sling the content from your set-top box to your mobile devices.
It may be a little cumbersome and expensive. But the TV/DVR combo is still the best technology right now for enjoying live sports at home.
A sport is not just something you play with a ball on a field. As it happens, chess is classified as a sport rather than a mere game. Just because we identify something as a game does not disqualify it from being a sport. Video games are a case in point.
Motion detection technology has transformed video games into something a lot more active than they were in the days of the Atari 2600. Today’s video games have people dancing, running, dodging, swinging, bowling, and just about every other physical action associated with a sport.
There is also the fact that video game competitions are organizing leagues, and carry a professional status. Watching a few minutes of Major League Gaming can suck you in as surely as a close baseball game in the bottom of the 7th. Don’t let anyone tell you that video gaming is fundamentally different from any other sport, it’s not.
Playing professional sports is only for the perfectly made. Enjoying sports is for everyone. We forget that at our peril. People with disabilities have as much right to sports enjoyment as anyone else. Thanks to technologies like bioptic magnification, people with low vision can go to a ballgame and keep up with the action along with everyone else.
These devices are sometimes mislabeled as macular degeneration glasses because they are so useful for people who suffer from macular degeneration. But you don’t have to have MD to benefit from this breakthrough. Almost anyone with low vision can experience life-changing benefits from bioptic magnification glasses.
Thanks to technology, hopeless couch potatoes can watch and record every game of professional football played in a season. A new generation of gamers can get up from the couch and turn their video gaming into sports-worthy exercise. And people who could enjoy the big game because of visual impairment can enjoy a front-row seat, even from the nosebleed section. Thanks to technical advances, there are more ways to enjoy your favorite sport than ever before.
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