The weekends are rolling again, and although the weather is getting colder, many athletes who are on track and the field remain warm by practicing and playing, both in the coming season and to maintain their performances next season. The virtual reality (VR) season never ends, of course, we bring the latest on VR and augmented reality (AR) in sports for you.
Used NFL VR players to help with rehabilitation
In August last year an American Football player named Teddy Bridgewater suffered a severe injury which almost cost the use of his feet. This week saw him return to the field after a tiring rehabilitation process that was aided by VR technology.
While physical rehabilitation is very important, many doctors and scientists are beginning to pay attention to the importance of mental rehabilitation, something that can sometimes be ignored. In the case of athletes, this involves keeping the mind on the mechanics, movements and tactics involved.
Bridgewater uses a VR system developed by STRIVR, a company that has formed partnerships with many sports teams, including the Bridgewater team, Minnesota Vikings. This system uses a 360-degree camera to capture training sessions, so players can wear VR headsets to analyze the exercises in a deep way.
"I will definitely steal representatives with the virtual reality that we are doing around here," Bridgewater told reporters from the KARE 11 news channel. "Especially when I don't practice, I will enter and watch Wednesday practice, Thursday practice and Friday practice and, you know, stealing that virtual representative and that helps. "
"They really have a room in a facility where players can move a little and feel as if they are on the ground," STRIVR CEO Derek Belch told KARE 11, "Did he throw the ball? Did he sweat? No, but he did- things with a speed of 10, 20 percent, through mental mechanics along with physical mechanics that make his brain feel there. "
New Fantasy Sports Leagues ARKit Powers
Fantasy Teams and Fantasy Leagues have been a part of the lives of many sports fans for decades, with all videogames such as the Football Manager series built around the concept. EPlay Digital developers now want to give the idea of a 21st century makeover by introducing augmented reality.
The title AR will feature cartoon replicas of famous sports players, such as basketball star Stephen Curry and LeBron James, with a choice for fans to socialize with facsimile AR, a feature offered by several other applications.
"They will meet the player, be able to greet the players, walk around the players, bring themselves to the players," ePlay CEO Trevor Doerksen told SportTechie, "I think this is very important, this facial movement, this meaningful moment."
The final plan, however, is significantly more ambitious, is a fantasy NBA league where players will appear in semi-random locations and can be found by players in an effort to lure them to play for their fantasy team, using techniques similar to Pokemon Go.
"We started thinking," said Doerksen, "'What does the Candy Crush player want from sports? What will the Pokémon Go player play?"