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Ottawa Champions bringing augmented reality to the field this summer

The Ottawa Champions will share the field with some virtual competition at RCGT Park this week thanks to a new partnership with an app developer.

The local Can-Am baseball team announced a partnership with Virtex Apps earlier this week to bring the firm’s augmented reality game to Ottawa Champions games this summer, beginning Tuesday evening.

The Virtex Arena app allows fans to compete against one another in a virtual game of hitting and catching between innings or during other breaks in the action – something even the most fervent fan would admit there’s a lot of in baseball.

Through a mobile device, virtual players appear in augmented reality on the field itself. Virtex founder and CEO Jeff Green says the app is a way to “enrich the game experience.”

A release says Virtex unveiled a version of its app at the Super Bowl in Minneapolis earlier this year.