Japan can provide an interesting solution to the period of games without an audience that will follow the coronavirus pandemic, something that is already happening in countries like Germany in football. An app being tested in the country promises to make it possible for fans to interact with players directly from their homes.
Yamaha's "Remote Supporter" app is programmed to give fans the option of transmitting cheers of encouragement, applause, boos, crowd chants and even goal celebrations to the place where the match takes place. Players will receive the demonstrations through speakers positioned on the edge of the field or court and in parts of the space intended for the public.
"With the possibility of games without fans and crowd restrictions in mind, I think this system will encourage players on the field by making them feel like their fans and fans are close," explained Hiromi Yanagihara, business strategy division. of the Japanese football championship.
While targeting football, the app can also be used for other sports, such as baseball, which is very popular in Japan. To this end, the technology promises to give viewers the possibility to choose which crowd they will be in, the home or visitor, and in which the sports arena, giving the initiative more realism.
A field test of the application has already been done in recent weeks, in a stadium with a capacity for 50,000 people in the city of Shizuoka. The arena is home to the Júbilo Iwata and Shimizu S-Pulse clubs in the Japanese Championship.