Fieeld by Santander
At Santander we believe that football can move and inspire millions of people and help to transform their lives. We understand football as a powerful social tool and a vehicle for change. That’s what leads us to support this sport and build a better game for everyone by facilitating inclusion.
In pursuit of this goal, we present Fieeld: a device that allows all blind people to feel football for the first time like they’ve never felt it before.
How it works
The first touch-based sports broadcasting system.
Fieeld is a device that allows users to follow the movements of the ball and its trajectory during a pre-loaded section of play using their fingertips.
It is designed for use on a person’s lap in order to be able to comfortably follow the game with two free hands. The mesh screen on top has the field markings in relief and a pointer capable of moving anywhere on the field to indicate the ball’s position.
Technology that transfers the ball’s position to your hands.
The ball’s location is available at all times thanks to a system of high-definition cameras that cover the entire football field and gather information along the length and width of the area, allowing continuous recording of the ball’s coordinates.
The data from this continuous tracking of the ball is transmitted to the device, which has a 2D tracking system allowing indication of the exact position of the ball on the playing field of the Fieeld device.
A device designed to allow precise tracking of the ball’s location.
Each of the components of the Fieeld system was selected based on trials carried out with a group of subjects with varying degrees of blindness and with varying skill and sensitivity in their fingers.
The mesh used is a perfect combination of elasticity, softness, smoothness and resistance, resulting in a material that guarantees an optimal tracking experience. The lines of the playing field are printed in relief, making them easily recognisable by touch. The pointer representing the ball has the perfect size and feel to facilitate its location and tracking when in movement.
Santander Bank provided financial backing for development of the Fieeld device and the four devices that currently exist. Fieeld belongs to a technological company that created and developed the device.
For the time being, Fieeld is a device that transmits pre-programmed sections of play. This version has not been developed to allow real-time broadcasting of matches.
The current design of Fieeld offers the possibility of selecting 3 different sections of play via a series of buttons on the side of the device.
Fieeld is not currently available for sale, nor will it be distributed commercially.
Fieeld is 44 cm long, 33 cm wide and 11 cm high. It is designed to follow the game easily and allow comfortable handling.
For the moment, devices cannot be requested. Fieeld is not available for sale, nor does it have a commercial purpose.
Currently there are only four Fieeld devices, which are available for use in different venues to be confirmed by Santander Bank in the near future.
FootballCan is the philosophy of Santander Bank and is what motivates us to sponsor the world's leading football competitions.
To believe in FootballCan means believing in the power of football to inspire us and constantly make us better. For us, football is progress. Because it has the capacity to transform peoples’ lives and society as a whole, achieving the impossible and altering the course of reality to allow even blind people to feel a football match the way they’d always dreamed.