Can’t make it to one of your kid’s games? New technology can help.
You’ve spent countless hours shuttling from fields, rinks, and courts. It’s a lot of time to invest, but it’s also very rewarding and fun. You’re probably really frustrated when you can’t make it to a game in person.
It’s inevitable that work or other obligations will cause you to miss some games. In an effort to stay connected, many parents send each other text messages with updates between periods, but that’s not very efficient. Imagine if you could take all of the text messages, comments and conversations and combine them into one place for all the fans to share? That’s the inspiration behind a new service called Troopla (http://troopla.com).
Troopla enables any parent with a smartphone to set up a live scoreboard, post comments and exchange messages in real-time with other fans. As long as one person can be at the game, everyone can get live updates. While Facebook makes it easy to share information with a broad group of friends, Troopla makes it easy to share information with the people who really care — the other parents who are stuck at the office, on a business trip, or driving other kids around town.
Recognizing that fiddling with a phone shouldn’t get in the way of enjoying a game, Troopla’s interface is customized for each type of sport. There’s a delicate balance between using a phone to help other people and having it become a distraction. Early users of Troopla are providing feedback to help further refine the interface.
Troopla is available now to people who have a Facebook account. You’re invited to try it out for free. There’s also a short introductory video called “Troopla Explained” that gives a good overview of how the service works. If you have feedback or questions, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The next time you’re caught away from a game, give Troopla a try.