The Dallas Cowboys have reportedly inked a two-year deal with StriVR Labs, a virtual reality sports startup, to train its quarterbacks using VR headsets, according to news reports. After donning the headset, players see a live-action 3-D video replay of a football play from the quarterback’s perspective, and can review that play from a first-person view over and over, looking in any direction.
Currently, StriVR’s technology is not interactive, but instead aims to teach quarterbacks decision-making skills in the context of a real play. It also aims to make it easier to give both starters and backup quarterbacks more opportunities to learn without needing the whole team on the field.
Former Stanford University kicker Derek Belch developed StriVR as a master’s thesis in the school’s VR lab and spun the company out earlier this year after the technology was credited with helping the school turn around its football season.
Other StriVR Labs customers include Auburn and the University of Arkansas.