Author: Max Jakubowski

Jakubowski-Vision Paper- FAN VR

The Sports Spectrum: Ever so Encapsulating

Max Jaubowski
It’s the year 2050 and if you think you could pick simply watch sports on TV or on your phone, you’re in store for a treat. No one has been watching sports on a TV or a phone for a while now, as that “trend” has faded away. If you told a child now a days that you “watched” sports games on your couch in front of a TV, or even from social media platforms, they would look at you with wide eyes. Now, Everyone uses all interactive sport technology now to be immersed within a sporting event.

The first model came out a 10 years ago, and many were unsure if it was worth it to make the investment in one. ESPN was still working out some technical and logistical problems with their model, which allowed people to virtual watch games and pick the location of where they wanted to be. The total cost of $5,700 to install the system on both home and mobile platforms seems extravagant, especially with the seating option the system gives you to enhance game day experience instead of a typical stadium view. It all seemed excessive to consumers, including myself. However, more and more people were purchasing them as the quality and experience began to spread like wildfire about how much this changed the viewing of sports. So, like the rest of the world, I decided to dive in and see what I was missing.

I was having a conversation with my Dad, where I explained to him everything about the technology. How It was selected by ESPN as a prototype to immerse people not at the games in person. People would put on VR headsets and headphones and then essentially “assigned a seat” throughout the stadium, where they could feel the game atmosphere and have feeling of really be there, even if they were hundreds of miles away. The great feature too was that at any moment, the user could instantly flip to “broadcast view” which is standard to what people used to watch on TV. That mode would allow for replays and commentary. The system has all the capabilities of making it feel like the viewer was at the game, with crowd and games noise, without dealing with the hassle of travel, ticket prices, or even the weather. The goal of the “FAN VR” the common name associated to all the systems, is to get peoples emotional state raised enough, to stimulate more of a reaction and response to sporting events and cause this piece of entertainment to be known throughout the rest of the world. Someday, the systems are hopefully they can pair the technology of buying stadium food to the system, yet that seems far-fetched.

While working for a local morning news station, I was assigned a story to how this could be implemented in terms of showcasing news stories, I chatted with my tech industry sources to get a better idea of the story and if this technology had been explored. Many have told me the feasibility problem is that the camera and audio systems that are used in stadiums as part of the FAN VR systems take an extremely long time to set up and need certain operators to make sure they are properly function at all times. The problem with news stories is they often need to be reported quickly, something that does not bode well with the FAN VR systems. Think of trying to report on the war in Africa with these systems. It would be tough to report with a system that could take hours to set up and optimize, all for a small 2 minute report.

But I have a breakthrough during that same day. While our traffic drone returns to the station after analyzing morning traffic patterns, it dawns on me that these systems could be fitted to drones. The Fan VR systems cameras and mics are all stationary, as it is needed for users to lock into the seat per each stadium. Under my idea, the drone would fly to the destination under my control (or even the fan) , collect the right camera angles and settings and then initialize floating status for a long period of time. Then, users could choose the angle of view they want. They can even can slightly rotate the drone for better VR experience. But since it looks unlikely I could quit my job and run off and try to develop this myself, I resign back to my holographic desk. I do hit my sources up to ask about drone technology merging with Fan VR, but they tell me the stationary status of the system is the issue, needing drones to be almost completely still while hovering in the air.

Last time when I was reporting at the government digital press conferences, they did indicate drone research package aid was expected to be passed by the house, granted in got through the senate and the 102 senators (Puerto Rico joined in 2030, btw). Security and safety issues about drones are a thing of the past, with minimal drones incidents since the mid 20’s, when the drone industry really took off.

That night, I was settling in with my VR set in my bed. I wanted to catch the end of the Las Vegas Raiders game. The menu popped up, with my standard seat location in the middle of the field, upper deck. It asked me if for $4.50 if I would like to upgrade to a lower level view, but I decline. Was fine with location and was likely to turn on the commentary mode as well. The video flicked on and in a minute I heard the chantings of “F the Rams” shouting in my ear. I fell asleep with a vendor passing by my location. The system includes the auto sleep mode, automatically shutting down when the viewer’s eyes are closed for a certain amount of time.

The audio system has sensors in every part of the stadium, along with the specific area where the viewer decides to “sit.” The system also include audio commands, recognizing my instructions accurately and only recognize my voice when I ask to change view or go back to certain views.

Let’s highlight how this technology was installed in stadiums . There are roughly 30 cameras in major four sports locations, including some major universities for college football and basketball. Most stadiums have a typical 8-10 seating options. There are usually 2-3 seating upgrade locations, where users could pay an upgrade price to be able to sit closer to the action. Price wise, the system is upwards of $5k and the annual programming fee is about $150 per sports league or the Fan VR package of $850 for all 4 major sports and premium college games.

I recall a conversation with a friend in the sports entertainment industry, who I use often as a source, about how he thought this type of technology would blow up. This was back in 2027 and I thought it was only speculative talking. This man was spot on with his call nearly 25 years ago. There’s a reason I’m still friendly with him, especially when getting tips about technology trends.

I can still remember the days when the tablet was the move when watching sports because of multiple camera angles to choose from. I can still remember the passion of viewers when “3D Slam” came out, failing to live up to the hype of watching 3D sports.

I’m thankful for my job working for a media company, specifically morning news. But sometimes I wonder if I’ve meant to do something else, like my drone and Fan VR combination idea. Anyone want to spot me a few million to start a prototype?

Jakubowski-Field Test- Airport Bot

Max Jakubowski

For my field test, I created a chat bot that acts as a “FAQ bot” for the Syracuse Airport. I had worked on this idea during an early assignment during our class but thought the idea could be expanded. The goal of this messenger bot is to quickly inform patrons about the Syracuse FAQ, especially when sitting on planes and waiting to leave the plane and go to baggage terminal.

Airports can be overwhelming to people especially those who travel infrequently. Some of the main things people want to know about a new airport they are traveling to is gain information, restraint locations, and baggage claim and transportation. In doing some preliminary research, I found that many airports, including some big ones on the east coast, don’t have a chat bots that lets users quickly access information, instead of waiting to ask an airport or airlines employee. I decided to make a test bot for the Syracuse airport and provided all the relevant information.

Creation Process

I used to create the Chabot. This website has a simple interface and allows for me to input answers, links and images, all necessary items for the airport bot. I wanted to use the base of the bot I already used for a prior NEW 300 assignment, but I instead had to make a private Facebook group page in order to share the link more effectively. (Since a private Facebook group link can link directly to the messenger, as opposed to the group itself)

Another big feature I added in included “blocks” that are made to give the users of good questions to ask, based on the information available to the bot. I set the bot up into three blocks to pick from, with ‘Gate information”, “About the airport”, “Transportation” as the main headers where people could file their questions.
I initiated the bot back in mid-April because I knew I would need multiple users at the Syracuse airport.

Test Results
I sent links to friends and family who I knew would be flying through or to and from the Syracuse airport. In total, I got 26 different users over the span of 1 month. I was always texting people I knew were flying to/from Syracuse to try my idea! A majority of the questions (asked by the users) were focused on gate number and plane departure time, but there were a few general questions as well.
One noticeable trend I found via early user feedback was they did not like the “menu main “function of the 3 main blocks to pick from. They preferred to ask the bot a question and then receive an answer based on the word association. After dissembling the menu and instead just having a typical “welcome” message, users generally liked this opening interaction where they could ask anything to the bot.
One item that was very instrumental was the ability to embed images in the bot answers. One user asked for a terminal map of all restaurants, and the sent a message contain the terminal map for the user to browse. An idea for bigger airports would be to use direction to a certain airport store or restaurants, especially if the user can specify the gate. It saves the traveler time of trying to find a certain spot to eat or meetup with fellow travelers.
Another item I noticed that was asked commonly is if they could pay for parking via their smartphone. That is a great feature addition to add, where the parking payment method could be easily linked to the user so they could pay for parking when arriving home (right from the landing plane) and be on their way without having to wait to pay.

Below is the overall data from user responses.

26 overall users
94 total messages sent from users
91% of time Bot responded with answer. Others sent default “I don’t understand..” answer
4 times obscenities were used by users
45% of answers involved gate information
28% mentioned either “transportation, parking, taxi or bus”
26% asked about restaurants
Only 34% interacted with the block menu before I made the change to go to open menu message.
9% of user messages included the words “dumb, stupid, not what I said.” LOL

I do believe this a great idea that airports and transportation companies should look into. A load of data is necessary to do this and make sure customers are given accurate and quick information, emphasis on accurate.
The key thing is to run the bot through Facebook, an establish platform that many users already have access to. Users should be able to quickly find the bot on FB messenger and then type in their question. With nearly 50 different answers prepared for this bot, imagine how advanced and in-depth a real bot would be for a major airport with LaGuardia. With the proper resources, a bot could answer thousands of customer’s questions, everything imaginable a traveler could ask. One potential negative thing is the bot will to have to be updated every day due to activity surrounding the airport or updates that can not use automation.
Overall, bots help bot could help save plenty of time and resources for airports, while helping out passengers tremendously by supplying a plethora of on the go information, right in the fingertips of every traveler.

Jakubowski- Assignment 5 – Sensors

While in class, there were two sensors ideas that we came up with. One was a sound sensor, which we said could be used to track certain wildlife in jungles or forests. Some animals are tough to track or find, especially at night. The right sound sensor that could sophisticatedly track an animals sound could provide invaluable to the science and wildlife community.
Another use of the sensor could be for military purposes, to track enemy activity and noise. Thought, I have a feeling the type of technology is already in use.
The particular sensor on on Spark fun was more expensive than the rest, but the sound one would be extremely expensive based on its major capabilities.

Jakubowski-Assignment #4

Witnessing the drone flight last week was something that marveled me, and also got me thinking of some questions i have. One involves the future of the drones propellers. I feel like this part of drones may be obsolete in the coming years. I could envision a scenario where commercial drones are held up in the air by miniature jet engines or some other type of wing instrument, something that is safer and more efficient than propellers.

Another thought i had was that i feel like drones will be more used with “dirty” and unsafe jobs, almost in the sense of how factories have replaced manual labor with robots to increase productivity and efficiency. It would not surprise me to see Drones doing everything from putting out fire or disposing of garbage. Drones are already used for one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, military purposes.

The next step might be how drones could act at commercial airlines and eliminate human error when it comes to flying airplanes. Now, human error in accordance with airplane operation is already very limited, but drones could increase speeds and choose better flight paths. Commercial drone airlines might sound like fiction, but it could be well on its way in the next two decades.

Jakubowski-Dataviz final

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced in January that the Syracuse Hancock International Airport will undergo a $45.1 million renovation over the next two years. This is not the first renovation the Syracuse airport has received lately, getting funding back in 2012 as well. This renovation has already been configured in Ne York state’s budget for 2017/2018 fiscal year.  Below is a breakdown of where the money will come from.

Syracuse Airport Renovation Costs by Agency
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Some of the renovations includes a new facade, flooring and furniture improvements in the terminals, a glass bridge for passengers, a regional aviation history museum, plus an eco-friendly roof near the front entrance.These upgrades are meant to make the airport more appealing to passengers. Plane traffic has gone up at Syracuse airport in last 5 years, along with passenger traffic.   Syracuse served nearly 1 million people, who passed through the airport in 2016. Below is a look at enplanements populations at New York state airport.

LaGuardia airport in New York City announced last summer that it will undergo a $5.3 billion renovation. That announcement was meant with displeasure from many. Some thought the funding should be going to revamp Union Station in downtown NYC.  The cost and amount of labor for each airport plan is drastically different. Enplanement stats and years until completion are also provided.

With the airport set to garner this renovation, there are questions about other places and buildings that may need renovations in the future.  Buildings from the Carrier Dome to Interstate-81 are all infrastructure in Syracuse that soon may be renovated and upgraded as well.The mayor’s office and Syracuse city council board has been mute on how the costs would be acquired. Many speculate government fiscal aid would be needed.  The graph below outlines the estimated costs for Syracuse infrastructure plans.

Syracuse Renovation Project Estimated Costs
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Assignment #3- Jakubowski

For my chatfuel bot, i created an automated bot for the Syracuse Airport.  I thought that a bot that could give passengers a quick and timely response of simple questions would be a useful part of technology for the Syracuse airport, especial on the customer service side.

The bot can answer simple questions about gate information, security, transportation, and can even update passengers on how to access the wifi.  All the user has to do is connect with the bot using FB Messenger.

My hunch is a bunch of airports already offer a service like this, and it is much more in-depth and precise.  As simple as this tool may seem, it could be a vital customer service item that would help eliminate some traveling woes for passengers.


Chat with it at this Facebook page.




Jakubowski-Assignment #2

i have been amazed with all these technologies i have been able to interact with over the past two weeks.  The 360 video has been what has interested me the most because i see how this tool could work for reporting on a story.  I know may outlets, such as the NYT, employ 360 video to help tell stories and give that visual appeal.  I expect this to trend of using 360 video in journalism to continue until it is near universal.

Something in the science fiction world that we are getting closer to is holograms.  We see them in movies all the time, but it is now getting closer and closer to our reality.  CNN i believe had one of the first live holograms on TV when Wolf Blitzer was shown as a hologram during either the 2008 or 2012 election. What a site!  I wonder how far off hologram communication is…?

For my field test, I would look into reporting on a story using the 360 video camera system.  I would record at multiple scenes to set the scene for the story i am reporting.  I would also try to include some type of audio voice over with the subjects.  I am not sure of how it would work, but including audio over the video would make a nice pairing.

Jakubowski-Assingment 1- 3D model

Learning and playing around with Tinkercad was something i really have not done in a long time, in terms of “lab/designer skills” to produce something.  I quickly found myself trying out different aspects of Tinkercad, trying to make the best model possible with my image.

The image i produced was a play on the Olympic theme.  Three platforms, with my image over he middle platform.  i was able to use the ruler tool to place the image on the middle of the rectangular box.  The Olympic rings above i generated by using the shape tool and could make replicas for symmetrical purposes.

Overall, the future of 3D printing seems bright, especially in the age of social media.  With tools and apps such as Tinkercad and Sketchfab, users can quickly generate 3D images and then quickly post to social media feeds in no tie.  Sketchfab’s feature of being able to rotate the image 360 degrees and view it from multiple angles is also a nice touch.  Going forward,i could foresee this becoming a common standard within classrooms and businesses within the next decade.



Assignment 2- Jakubowski

For my chart, i wanted to look at the data from the jail censuses taken from all the jails in NY.  The data , was separated by county and dates.  I left in all the counties, but filtered the data into the most recent census year, 2015.  The names of the county jails are on the x axis, with the total inmate populations in the jail and the amount of inmates that were sentenced are highlighted on the y axis.

I took interest in the findings from the Onondaga county jail.  There are two jails within the country limits, with nearly an inmate population of 1000, and only 377 being sentenced.

NY State County Jail Populations (2015)
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Home Cooked is a food delivery application that connects local bakers/cooks who want to share/sell their meals and recipes to the those who are looking for a home cooked meal and an alternative to the “greasy, fast food” delivery service already available. The app works similar to other food delivery services (i.e. GrubHub).



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