Watch live cartoon baseball on your cellphone -- in Japan

Digital Stadium

You'd think that in Japan of all countries that getting streaming video on your cellphone would be a snap, but even though flat-rate data plans are starting to creep up, the carriers there are still pretty big on making people pay by the KB. Which is why we're guessing/hoping that it's the desire to shave a few yen off the monthly wireless data bill that is at the heart of the absurd brilliance that is Craftmax's new Digital Stadium service, which replaces the live video feed of a baseball game with a bandwidth-saving, digitally animated recreation that uses the game's play-by-play to trigger different actions which are then acted out by cartoon players. Either that or people in Japan actually prefer watching cutesy cartoon characters play baseball rather than the real thing.