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New balls, please! Got an ace app idea for our Wimbledon competition?

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Whether or not you’ve got Wimbledon fever, we’ve got a great match for you…

If you’re game, tell us about an ace app you’d develop to make the Wimbledon fortnight even more enjoyable. You can base it around whatever aspect of the tournament you think could best be improved, be that players, spectators, scoring, strawberries and cream…the ball’s in your court. A selection of three ‘umpires’ will pick the best app idea, and the lucky winner will receive a fabulous Philips Windows Phone-branded Bluetooth stereo headset – the very item shown in the photo below.

You have until next Sunday night to let your imagination run wild around SW19. Check out the terms and conditions below and pop your championship-winning idea in the comments box.


Good luck!

Terms and conditions

1. ELIGIBILITY: This competition is open to UK residents who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry. Employees of Microsoft or its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising or promotion agencies are not eligible, nor are members of these employees’ families (defined as parents, children, siblings, spouse and life partners).

2. TO ENTER: To enter post your Wimbledon app idea in the UK MSDN Blog comments box. The person submitting the best idea, as selected by three judges, will win a Philips Windows Phone-branded Bluetooth stereo headset. Only one entry per person will be accepted. Incomplete, damaged, defaced or illegible entries may be deemed invalid at the sole discretion of Microsoft. Entry constitutes full and unconditional acceptance of these Terms and Conditions. Microsoft reserves the right to disqualify anyone in breach of these Terms and Conditions.

3. TIMING: This competition runs from 1pm GMT, 24 June 2011. The closing date of this competition is 11pm GMT, 3 July 2011. Completed entries must reach Microsoft no later than the closing date.

4. USE OF DATA: Personal data which you provide when you enter this competition will not be used for future Microsoft UK marketing activity.

5. SELECTION OF WINNER: Three judges will select their favourite app idea from all the entries and the winner will be notified by email on 6 July 2011. The winners may be required to become involved in further publicity or advertising.

6. PRIZE: The prize is one Philips Windows Phone-branded Bluetooth stereo headset with an estimated retail price of £70.00. Prize as stated and non-transferable. No cash or other alternatives available. Microsoft reserves the right to substitute a prize of equal or greater value. The prize will be dispatched within one week of the competition’s closing date. Prize may be considered a taxable benefit and the winner will be directly responsible for accounting for any tax liability arising on their prize.

7. WINNERS LIST: The winner consents to their surname being made publicly available. The winner’s surname will be available for a period of 3 weeks after the closing date by emailing

8. OTHER: No correspondence will be entered into regarding either this competition or these Terms and Conditions. In the unlikely event of a dispute, Microsoft’s decision shall be final. Microsoft reserves the right to amend, modify, cancel or withdraw this competition at any time without notice.

9. Microsoft cannot guarantee the performance of any third party and shall not be liable for any act or default by a third party. Participants in this promotion agree that Microsoft will have no liability whatsoever for any injuries, losses, costs, damage or disappointment of any kind resulting in whole or in part, directly or indirectly from acceptance, misuse or use of a prize, or from participation in this promotion. Nothing in this clause shall limit Microsoft’s liability in respect of death or personal injury arising out of its own negligence or arising out of fraud.

  • For those people lucky enough to be at Wimbledon, have a plan of Wimbledon on the phone (seating plan and around the complex) and see the live location of any other users of the same app - meet up, compare phones...anyone who is already a 'social network friend' could be a different icon/colour, also different icons for male/demale etc...could be a winbledon speed dating phone-op (yes phone-op)

  • Game, Set and Match App

    The user would select a game to watch. Before the game starts the user will be given a screen to give their predictions for the match. This might include the games won in each set by each player, the number of aces served by each player, the number of double faults by each player, who will have the fastest serve and the speed, match duration etc. The user must submit their predictions before the match starts.

    The application could also have player profiles complete with stats to help people with their predictions.

    The match will then get streamed to their phone, either text or video depending on the connection.

    After the match the user is scored on their predictions and can compare this to other scores in a league table. Comparisons can be made against that particular match or against other users' scores in general. The user will also be able to connect to social networks to compare against any friends who may also be using the app, to challenge their friends to a future match or simply to post their result.

    At the end of Wimbledon the the winner and runner up will be announced, different winners and runners up for male/female singles, doubles etc. No prize, just kudos :-)

  • I have 2 apps, one is a practical App for those serious people who love tennis, the second is a funny app just to make people laugh..

    App 1 - Serious:

    A basic app that shows people visiting Wimbledon the best routes to the venue, bus times, cab numbers and local area information, including history, best places to drink, generic places i.e. Starbucks, fruit and veg shop etc.  When your inside the complex use the device to give you a history tour of Wimbledon, including history of the LTA (Lawn Tennis Association).  This could be a generic app for people visiting the area as well as Wimbledon and can tie into the LTA club which they can sell all year round.

    App 2 - Funny

    An app that shouts random tennis comments like "new balls please" "Quiet" "first service".. and a separate game to build the highest strawberries and cream tower.. that app can link to a Mr Whippy.. or squirty cream manufacturer so they can promote the app too :-)

    the upgrades can be squirting cream on trifles.. and strawberries.. and pies...

    ... I might not win with these suggestions..but I made sure someone is laughing at one and stealing the other.. :-)

  • When you are at the venue watching the match, one thing you are missing out on is the instant re-plays. A mobile phone app pointed to the court could record segments of the match as it goes (only the last few minutes lets say)  and provide instant re-play to the spectator.

    That would be awesome!

  • I'm not a huge fan of Tennis, but I do watch some on TV when I happen on it and a good match is on.  What I do find though is that if you're not a huge tennis fan, that it's hard to know who all the players are, and how good they are unless you follow the sport.


    My idea: Why not have an App that gives you the previous form of players who are currently playing in matches, and also a way to look at players form in matches due to be played for the rest of the tornament.  Obviously some matches in the later rounds are based on 2 players from the outcome of earlier matches, so to be able to look at the potential form of 2 players in a forthcoming match, you could have a way to suggest the outcome of some earlier matches, to then view the form of 2 players competing in a match in the next round.

  • This is an app for everyone, whether they are sat in Centre Court, or sat at home.

    The idea revolves around giving people a lot more information on the game they're watching as well as being able to see a contestants potential winning routes through the tournament using a graphical visualisation.

    Firstly, the additional info:

    - The speed of serve for each contestant broken down into: fastest, average, slowest etc. There would be also be an overall fastest, slowest and average. I'm sure Wimbledon (The All England Club) could make this available - everything's available when it's electronic!

    - The amount of aces, double faults etc per player.

    - How many balls have been used throughout the tournament (and per game for avid viewers) - they do go up for sale afterwards and all the proceeds go towards charity.

    - The total amount of court time players have enjoyed (or endured) during their route through the tournament.

    - Bios on all the players involved, with live rankings and provisional rankings as they progress through the tournament.

    The information is really only viable for the singles tournaments, as I'm not sure most people will be aware but there are thousands of games throughout Wimbledon such as doubles, mixed doubles, juniors etc.

    The graphical representation of a potential winning routes will give people quick schedule info and keep them on top of their favourite players upcoming matches. There could be mug-shots that get shattered as they make their way through the tournament along a flow diagram. This could even be a small game at this point?

    Finally, with all the information at their fingertips, you could link in a betting company with real-time odds (this would generate revenue).

  • Probably not practical but some form of motion detection using the camera to calculate the speed of the ball (serves). Either by taking multiple single frames or a short video and then estimating the distance travelled. Callibrating might be an issue though (base on the size of the ball)?

    Impractical but fun? :)

  • Oops, I wasn't logged in when I posted my idea! Doh!

  • Me neither!  So this might appear twice.

    Although it was inspired by a women's quarter final match last night, it can be applied across both sexes.  Similar to Soundhound or Shazam, you point it at your player of choice when they are making their shot, and the unnatural noise they produce is then compared to animal sounds, and the closest match is returned.  The ball noise will be filtered out.

    Is your player a bear, a pig, or something much more exotic?  Only because I kept thinking one of the players was indulging in whale song in the few minutes I could bear to watch it.

  • I reckon an app that tracked the metrics of the game - number of aces, speed of serve, points scored, etc and then allowed you to set the sort of metrics that interested you - fast game, slow game, etc and use these to link you to the commentary of a game that was most suited to your preferences.

    This would mean that you might become aware of players whose style you would like but who you would not ordinarily hear much about.

  • What about Microsoft AntiGrunt(tm) the app feeding just the correct amount of antinoise to cancel out that infernal shrieking from the women players?

    Ahh, bliss. And a yell - free Wimbledon (and other tennis tourney) - if you can get it to work :)

  • Couldn't resist this and surfaced from out of the Technet depths to post this - What about Microsoft AntiGrunt(TM) or MS Antigruntware(TM) - this app feeds in the exact amount of antinoise to cancel out that infernal shrieking from the women players.

    Got to be a sure fire winner for a quieter Wimbledon (and other tennis tourneys)



  • Setup kinects on the court to capture the player and ball movements. This is then sent to a server that the mobile app connects to.

    The player's movements are then rendered into XBox live avatars so the play you see on your phone is a 3D simulation of the events, this allows you to watch the game from any angle as well as being able to playback great shots and get as close to the action as possible.

    A bit complicated but man would it be fun to have the best seat on the court at the final and its all on your mobile.

  • I too have two apps:

    App #1 WimbledonRantAppWP7

    A display of the terms and conditions of the sale of their ticket and the club rules which specify the behaviour expected of the spectators to show to the fellow spectators who appear to shout out at the point of serve. I am not try to be a killjoy but some people need to realise that there is a time for respect for the players.


    App #2 WimbledonDayWP7

    This app will allow your friends to follow, and to some degree share, your day at Wimbledon. You set the app going when you start your journey. Using location services it records your trip to Wimbledon. If you stay overnight you can review the hotel that you stay in and it will post it directly to Expedia. All photos you take will be placed in a folder specifically for your Wimbledon trip and marked with a meta tag of Wimbledon2012 and uploaded to your SkyDrive in the background with the privacy settings you can set on the go. It will also tweet from the app with standard Wimbledon and tennis hashtags at the ready. When specify that you are watching a match it will automatically go to silent mode to ensure that you are not ejected. Finally, an essential English part will be the weather forcaster which will specify from live feeds from the Met Office whether or not rain is expected!!!

    Requires Multitasking to allow its continual running when other phone usage is required (i.e. Mango) so will be perfect for Wimbledon 2012!!!

  • Live photosynth, so you can view the action from any viewpoint you wish.

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