Andrew Luck Reportedly Used Virtual Reality Software this Offseason
According to ESPN’s Mike Wells, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck reportedly used new virtual reality technology at Stanford this offseason to help improve his game:
"“He (Luck) was back at Stanford working with the latest technology to help make him a better quarterback,” writes Wells. “Former Stanford kicker Derek Belch created a virtual reality software program (called STRIVR) that allows you put on a mask and headphones that’s connected to a laptop and then you’re in the thick of things on the football field with a 180-degree view of what only the quarterback sees.”“It allows the player to recognize defensive alignments and how the offense is aligned,” added Wells. “It’s real footage,” Luck said. “Imagine you’re standing in practice and the camera captures real footage. You can go through the play with real plays and with real players. It’s not simulated or anything. It was really fascinating to see the technology. As a Stanford alum, I’m proud something like that is taking place in the football department and in the virtual reality lab there. It was really cool to see. It’s another tool to prepare the quarterback. It prepares a running back for protection. I think it’ll have an impact.”"
It’s interesting to see how the game of football continues to evolve with new information and technology. Earlier today, we heard that Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak would have a director of analytics available in his headset. Now, we have learned that Luck has been using new virtual reality technology to help better his passing game.
Of course, this is not exactly ground-breaking technology for the Colts organization as a whole. As Wells astutely points out, the Colts have been using the GoArmy Edge app since 2014, which performs as follows:
"“GoArmy EDGE uses the latest technologies to enhance coaching strategies by providing interactive playbooks, allowing players to view the plays as they are being executed in the 3D environment from the players’ perspective or from any position on the field,” reads Business Wire. “To ensure the highest level of coaching and player input was integrated in the GoArmy EDGE functionalities, the Army has partnered with the Indianapolis Colts since 2014. This collaboration has allowed the Army to incorporate invaluable insights to continue enhancing the EDGE technology.”"
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