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Now you can watch the Mets lose with augmented reality

The New York Mets are wrapping up a forgettable season, but that’s not keeping the franchise from trying to give its fans a good time at Citi Field.

Starting Monday, for the last three home dates of the season, the Mets will introduce a first-in-Major League Baseball augmented reality experience.

The AR experience will allow fans to watch a highlight reel of 2017 home runs.

The high-tech initiative, run in conjunction with MLB Advanced Media, will begin with each fan coming to Citi Field Monday through Wednesday getting a baseball card-sized AR card featuring images of the Mets’ iconic Home Run Apple.

Using their smartphone to scan this image through the “AR” button in the MLB’s Ballpark App will bring the Home Run Apple to life.

This AR animation will then segue into a highlight reel of Mets home runs from the 2017 season.

The Mets are the first MLB team to experiment with this technology, and, according to Wes Engram, the team’s VP for corporate sponsorships, it’s for good reason.

“One of our goals, organizationally, is to be one of the most tech-forward franchises in professional sports,” Engram told The Post. “We’re always looking for ways to enhance the fan experience.”

The AR integration isn’t a one-time gimmick. Fans who keep their AR cards will be able to re-scan them starting in late October to get exclusive access to outtakes of “The Amazin’ Life with Ron Darling and Keith Hernandez, Presented by Coca-Cola.”

The announcement of the Mets’ foray into AR comes on the heels of Apple’s announcement earlier this month that fans will be able to use the At Bat app’s AR functionality to overlay stats for players on the field in real time.

Source: http://nypost.com/2017/09/22/now-you-can-watch-the-mets-lose-with-augmented-reality/

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