Presented by EON Sports.
EON Sports, the world’s leading interactive 3D software provider for sports performance training, today announced the Kickstarter launch of a new interactive training experience that will create customized virtual reality coaching experiences powered by a smartphone. The mobile friendly software features one-on-one, personalized training by legendary coaches like Hall of Famer Mike Ditka, former NFL offensive coordinator Terry Shea, NFL quarterback coach Steve Clarkson and more.
The launch is the first-of-its-kind enabling athletes to experience the game in a virtual setting on their smartphone as if they were on the field in a real live game – coached by some of the most well-known and respected names in the coaching industry. The technology allows the athlete to see the game from a position specific viewpoint and forces the athlete to react and interact with the scenarios and gameplay around him.
“If Coach Landry, Coach Lombardi and Coach Halas had this tool, it would have been so much easier to teach and for the players to understand,” said NFL Hall of Fame inductee and current ESPN host Mike Ditka. “This is going to revolutionize how you teach football -- I don’t care what level you are. To see actually what is going on, it’s going to make you understand the game better. The advantage of understanding what the opposition is doing, is unbelievable.”
Utilizing more than a century of expertise and football knowledge, EON Sports combines its technology with its powerful football simulation software, SIDEKIQ, to create the first of its kind training experience in virtual reality. An athlete is placed in virtual reality gameplay and experiences the simulation via the DIVE Sport, an innovative product created by EON Sports and Shoogee (makers of the Durovis DIVE VR Headset).
“When you are in the simulation you feel as if literally, you are standing on the field in a video game. Except in this video game Mike Ditka is telling you how to be a great linebacker -- and then you have to actually DO what he says,” said EON Sports founder Brendan Reilly. “Teaming up with the game’s top coaches has enabled us to bring the technology to life and create a truly unique experience while athletes get better one rep at a time. The fact that you can now do all of this with just your smartphone is awe-inspiring.”
Steve Clarkson, who ESPN calls the “most powerful quarterback coach in all of football,” and has worked with Ben Roethlisberger, Jake Locker,
Matt Barkley, Terrelle Pryor, EJ Manuel, Nick Foles, and more, says “The biggest thing about this technology, is that it brings a realism to the aspect of quarterback training that has never been done before. I’ve been trying for years to take what happens in a game and bring it to life and it’s been impossible until now. Unlike film, this takes a virtual stance of what a quarterback is going through.”
Terry Shea, who has spent a career training quarterbacks such as Robert Griffin III, Sam Bradford, Matthew Stafford and more, says the EON Sports virtual reality coaching tool is a game changer in the industry. "This technology has the potential to revolutionize how you train a quarterback. I think it just allows so much more opportunity for repetitions. And that is the key to success in football."
In addition to Ditka, Clarkson and Shea, EON Sports will be assisted by longtime NFL and NCAA coach Charlie Coiner, and Texas coaching legend Steve Mohr.
To learn more about how you can participate in (and benefit from) the Kickstarter campaign please visit this link.
To learn more about EON Sports and our virtual reality experience please visit: EONSportsVR.com