Virtual reality gives peek inside New England Patriots’ locker room

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Experience Practicing With the New England Patriots in Virtual Reality.

Perhaps in the near future, football fans won’t even need to go to stadiums to immerse themselves in the game. GOOGLE HAS UPDATED its Cardboard virtual reality (VR) experience so that users can take 360 degree panoramic images with their smartphones and view them in 3D via the headset.If you are one of 10,000 fortunate fanatics that watched the Patriot’s game last Sunday then you’ll get the chance to practice with the Patriots in Virtual Reality. The update comes via a new smartphone app called Cardboard Camera that allows users to take panoramic photos with depth and sound so that they can see and hear in VR.

Watch from the sidelines or get into the middle of the plays by using your mouse to click and drag the YouTube video, moving the camera up, down, left, and right. For those wondering how it works, all you need to do is hold your Android smartphone straight in front of you, hit the record button, and slowly turn in a circle, allowing your phone’s camera to capture the entire scene. As per report issued by technology site Tech Crunch, about 10,000 folks who attended to watch the game of the Patriots on Sunday against the visiting Philadelphia Eagles obtained customized Cardboard viewers, Tech Crunch. This is yet another Cardboard giveaway meant to bring virtual reality front and center to the types of folks who could eventually be converted into VR believers.

The video, filmed by a Silicon Valley company STRIVR Labs that specializes in creating the immersive videos for footballs teams to enhance their training, took viewers into the Patriots’ locker room, gym and even onto the field for head-to-head training with the players. Spectators at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts this weekend, home of the New England Patriots, were able to snag a free, limited-edition Google Cardboard viewer. The virtual reality experience will bring the fortunate 10,000 fans to the locker room to the training facility, and eventually onto the football field.

But even if people can’t pick up one of the headsets, or if they don’t have an iOS or Android smartphone that supports Cardboard, they can still watch the (360-degree YouTube-based) video online, by visiting visa.com/bofa360. As it becomes more sophisticated, the technology has applications beyond gaming and sports immersion that industries from healthcare to journalism are starting to explore. Using the Google Cardboard app—available in 39 languages in more than 100 countries—iOS and Android owners can now create a virtual reality photograph with their smartphone—sort of.

While the 360 degree video isn’t “true VR” it is that taste of a moment that can grab you for hours and make you forget where you are that I’ve been talking about. The company spent $2 billion in 2013 to acquire Oculus VR, a company developing a headset called the Rift, the commercial version of which is expected to go on sale early next year. “Because virtual reality has the ability to put you in places in a much more real way, it has the potential to be a much better canvas,” said Oculus founder Palmer Luckey to Wired. The advertising company added some new feature back in October that meant people could take a wander through the outside world with Street View, exploring the world all from the comfort of an armchair. However, part of that announcement was also concerned with the hardware aspect of the system, with the firm embracing new models like the very kid-friendly Mattel model aimed at children (and grown men) and any of the range of download-and-do-it-yourself models out there. Luckey’s background with virtual reality traces back to University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technologies, reports Wired, where therapists were using the technology to transport veterans back to the battlefield in an effort to treat post-traumatic stress disorder.

TechCrunch called the film a “powerful, immersive and deeply moving experience,” and said “it’s definitely a harbinger of things to come.” Last month the New York Times sent out over a million Cardboard headsets to its subscribers to promote its short VR documentary on children displaced by war. Released last week, the new app features the first-of-its-kind serialised Google Cardboard VR experience that combines a story that ties directly into the film. And Google, reports Technology Review, is sending Cardboard kits to schools to allow teachers to take classes on 3D tours of coral reefs or Machu Picchu.

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