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Telstra adds augmented reality to official AFL app

Telstra adds augmented reality to official AFL app Image by Squirrel_photos from Pixabay

Telstra has updated the official AFL app with augmented reality features that the telco says will "give users a totally immersive way to view and interact with each club’s line-up for the coming round".

In a blog post, Telstra's Rebecca Haagsma said one of the aspects of AFL that captivated fans each week was the team selection.

"We know from the way our fans interact with the app, that outside of streaming the game, or checking the scores and ladder, the announcement of each team’s line-up of players each week — who is in, and who is out — generates the most interest," she said.

Haagsma said users of the app could follow the prompts therein and activate the augmented reality feature.

"It’s completely interactive, so users can pinch in and out to zoom in on the players, and tap on them to see their stats projected onto the virtual big screen," she said.

Beyond this, Telstra visualised a time when the tracker allowed players to be watched in real-time as they moved around the field during a game to make it a different experience.

"We hope to give users the ability to isolate a player, produce real-time position replays and give you professional-grade tools from the comfort of your lounge room," Haagsma said.

"Your fantasy league won’t know what hit them."

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