Animation Research Ltd systems manager John Jenkins
monitors Virtual Eye App servers from the company's Dunedin
offices. Photo by Animation Research Ltd.
If you cannot be in San Francisco, then the next best way
to follow the America's Cup might be on a mobile app produced
by Dunedin company Animation Research Ltd (ARL).
Earlier this week, the app had reached almost 300,000
downloads and had been the No 1 free sports app for iPhones
in New Zealand for the best part of a week.
It reached No 17 in the United States, No 8 in Australia, No
24 in Spain, No 32 in the United Kingdom and No 4 in
Even New Zealand Prime Minister John Key reportedly uses the
app to follow the action.
''He watched [Monday] morning's start at the Air New Zealand
lounge and then listened to the commentary as long as he
could [before boarding another flight] on the America's Cup
app,'' ARL chief executive Ian Taylor said.
Since the America's Cup finals started, ARL has been adding
extra capacity to its systems to keep up with demand.
''One of the great things about this app is that we were able
to involve a number of small New Zealand companies in
producing it. A technology company in Queenstown, a design
company here in Dunedin and a two-man operation out of
Timaru,'' Mr Taylor said.
''It sends a really positive signal that you don't have to up
the stakes and move to the big centres to create
international products. And you certainly don't have to leave