The great irony of going to a live sporting event is that, in the excitement of being so close to the action, you usually miss the most important incidents and have no idea who's winning. Well, that could be about to change thanks to Kangaroo TV.
The service – originally introduced at Nascar racing in the States – is now available at F1 races, and is being trialled for the Beijing Olympics this summer. There are also whispers of future involvement at Wimbledon and major golf tournaments.
To sign up you just book your Kangaroo unit online prior to the event or find the retail tent on the site. You're then given a pouch which contains a rubberized portable telly, some in-ear headphones and a spare battery and charger.
The unit above is the original Kangaroo TV, but they'll be going with an updated version with a simplified keypad for future events. These rugged units pick up Kangaroo broadcasts (they're encoded, so there'll be no tuning in on your laptop), which include pretty much everything you get on terrestrial coverage: action replays, in-car cameras, and commentary that's available in four languages. The battery aparently lasts six hours, although the spare and charger will make sure it lasts the weekend.
Kangaroo TV units can only be bought in the States (for $400), but the cost of rental for a race weekend in the UK is £50. Check out the offical site for more info.