I'm sure some of you have seen the Viral video going around of the Deafblind Soccer fan and how his friend "interpreted" the game for him with a tactile soccer field.
Makes me wonder if it's "doable" for American sports, Baseball, Football, Hockey? I can see it being easier to do Baseball, as the action is a little slower & can simply tell the fan who's at bat and "hit, strike, out". Football would be the next easiest, with QB, Receiver and "tactile fieldplay". But I think Hockey would be the hardest as the puck goes all over the place! It'll be tactile weary I'm sure, and hoping the guide doesn't get carried away and demonstrate a fight, Heh.
I'm a Sports fan myself, mainly Hockey (Native Canadian, can't blame me Eh?) and Football. I don't have problems watching them on TV as the camera stays with the action and even replays them too. I attend some live games too, mainly Friday night High School football here in town (Go Ridgerunners!!) or go to watch the Tulsa Oilers hockey team. Mainly I just focus where the cluster of players are, that means that's where the ball or puck is.
But down the road at a point where I can't see the TV anymore, will my husband or kids have the patience or "strength" to tactile interpret the game for me? That's where technology needs to come in. There's got to be some invention out there, or made, to bring the game to us. I've seen prototypes of a Braille "e-reader" the size of an iPad that has refreshable braille popping up on the surface of the tablet. Couldn't this be adapted into a tactile field or rink? The players could wear GPS tags on their uniform and computers relay that into a program to place them on the "grid" and the Deafblind fan can follow along with their fingers. Or how about something simpler such as a Caption to Braille program where the captions from the TV are transmitted to a Braille reader?
So pass this post on to a techno geek for their next breakthrough invention and I'll be first in line to get it!
Until then, keep rooting!
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I have been Deaf & legally Blind since birth. I've been married to my hearing Husband for 15 years and we have 2 hearing children, a boy 14, and a girl 12.