Virtual reality is no more stranger to the world of sports, and Playbook Five Inc. is helping the tech gain momentum on the football field.
Former Boise State University football player Jason Robinson founded the VR startup in 2016, intending to enhance football players’ intelligence on the field. He is also the CEO of View Park, Windsor Hills-based startup.
Playbook Five’s VR platform has been adopted by several local high schools, community colleges, and the National Football League. Notable squads, including the San Francisco 49ers, Cleveland Browns, Boise State, El Camino College, and Inglewood High School, have started using the platform.
The platform comprises two elements, a mobile app, and a Google Cardboard device. The coaches can upload their playbook with various positions to the app for the athletes to study. The players can virtually see the football field and play in real-time using their Google Cardboard devices.
Robinson explained that the Playbook Five would enhance a player’s own position and strengthen their game with others.
“Any type of play or group exercise done at practice can be simulated through the app. When players log on, you can select from any position with multiple view options, such as first person or sky view,” said Robinson. “From there, you can go through the play in a series of tempos because every player has different learning styles. Overall, it’s a dynamic tool that is built to be customized.”
As per the analysis by the company, the teams’ understanding of schemes and assignments increased by 33% through its virtual platform.
The platform’s daily active usage increased by nearly 35% in 2020 due to the shutting down of stadiums and canceled games and practices because of the pandemic.
“Because of somewhat forced usage, people have now seen the value in it, and it’s now become a part of their routine and the benefits of that are showing up in the data,” Robinson said.
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