Rick Limpert, dave fm’s resident tech expert, joins The Steve Show every Wednesday morning at 8am. This week he showed us the awesome technology that has been on display at the BB&T Atlanta Open. Plus, his pick for App of the Week will help you become a master mixologist.
The stars of pro tennis are in Atlanta this week. Andy Roddick, John Isner, Mardy Fish and more are all playing at Atlantic Station through Sunday.
Tennis players have been some of the quickest athletes to embrace technology. From the rackets and strings they use to their love of social media and the internet.
There are plenty of ways to experience technology this week at the BB&T Atlanta Open, here are a few.
Hawk-Eye is effectively a computer system used to track the path of the ball. It uses cameras situated around the stadium, and the computer reads the video feed in real time and tracks the path of the ball on each camera. It is now the most sophisticated officiating tool used in any sport and a staple US Open technology.
Players are allowed to challenge calls three times per set and the crowd in the stadium really gets into it when the simulated replay is shown on the large video screens.
The BB&T Atlanta Open Text Club
BB&T Atlanta Open continues to offer tournament updates via text message. This service will update you on the results, news, special events and other exciting information about the tournament directly to your phone. Joining the Atlanta Text Club will keep you in touch with tournament news, whether you’re on site or not.
Joining the Atlanta Text Club not only allows you to stay updated on the tournament, but provides interactive activities while at the tournament. These include trivia, polls, voting and song requests. Joining the Text Club also give you the opportunity to receive a free seat upgrade.
Joining is simple … just text ATLANTA to 25973 to become part of the growing Atlanta Text Club!
The folks at the BB&T Atlanta are very active on social media so follow @BBTatlantaopen on Twitter and “Like” the BB&T Atlanta Open on Facebook updates and all sorts of information.
Official Tournament Website
Head on over to www.BBTatlantaopen.com to get the latest scores, the order of play for each day and a list of all the special events that will be going on.
Add in the great tennis and the convenience of Atlantic Station and this is one of the top events in Atlanta all year. Get out and take in some tennis.
App of the Week:
Speakeasy Cocktails: Learn from the Modern Mixologists
By Open Air Publishing
Voted one of the best apps on iTunes.
Mix the perfect drink with Speakeasy Cocktails, a complete how-to book that features video tutorials, instructional graphics, hundreds of interactive recipes, and expert advice from two award-winning bartenders.
Speakeasy Cocktails has been featured in the NY Times, Wall Street Journal, Gizmodo, Mashable, USA Today, AppAdvice, 148Apps, New York Magazine, Bon Appétit and numerous times by Apple.
this groundbreaking how-to guide allows you to touch, watch, listen and read as you learn. Speakeasy Cocktails is a complete experience that combines the depth of a traditional book with stunning multimedia not possible on paper.
The numerous features include:
● Over 90 minutes of HD video tutorial featuring Jim Meehan and Joseph Schwartz, who founded New York City’s famed speakeasy revival bars PDT (Please Don’t Tell), Little Branch, and Silver Lining
● Authored by Rob Willey, seasoned mixology journalist who writes for Details and has contributed to Food & Wine, Bon Appétit, and the New York Times
● A unique collection of 200 recipes created by 58 professional mixologists from the today’s leading cocktail bars in the U.S., Canada, U.K., and Australia
It’s not cheap, this app is $9.99, but well worth it.
Rick Limpert is a freelance writer who’s a regular contributor to Yahoo News and Sports in the area of sports technology and is also the Atlanta Gadgets Examiner for Examiner.com.
You can follow Rick on Twitter – @RickRoswell