March 1, 2017 – EON Sports has partnered with the Yokohama DeNA Baystars to introduce EON Sports’ Virtual Reality Interactive Player Development software and simulation solution, the “W.I.N. Series”. According to EON, The Baystars are Japan’s first professional baseball team to utilize the technology, and marks a growing list of professional teams using the platform. The team will start using the system to train for the 2017 season.
The “W.I.N. Series” is a baseball training system that uses advanced baseball VR simulator software developed by EON Sports. Professional baseball players can experience the technology with Head Mounted Display Systems (HMDs) such as Google Cardboard as well as large scale multi projector systems like the EON Icube. Utilizing the data image accumulated in the ball tracking system (Trackman) introduced in Yokohama Stadium in 2015, a real pitcher’s throwing motion is realistically reproduced. By stepping into the simulation, the player can experience the throwing speed, the trajectory of the ball, and the sharpness of the changing ball as if they were facing a real pitcher. The accumulated data is sourced from different kinds of pitches and can be chosen freely.
Currently, multiple MLB (Major League Baseball) teams have adopted the EON Sports’ technology as part of their training. Some MLB teams have outfitted their Major League ball parks along with their minor league affiliates. The Baystars have established a training room dedicated to EON Sports’ technology at Yokohama Stadium.
By introducing the training system, the Baystars will aim to further improve the training and training environment of the athletes in the 2017 season.
Image credit: EON Reality
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