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Helmet Camera Technology Helps Football Coaches Instruct Their Players

Article Source - Forbes

by David Lariviere

An updated version of a football helmet camera is now available to college and pro teams through leasing agreements. The new features include streaming video capability, a wider lens and an app that controls the helmets from the sidelines with a phone or tablet. The price varies depending on the number of helmets ordered.

Sports Video Innovations launched SchuttVision, the first helmet integrated with a tiny, rugged HD video camera a year ago. The camera sits above a player’s brow and captures game-day action.

“These changes came directly from feedback from our customers – college and pro coaches,” Jeremey Jeansonne, CEO and co-founder of SVI, said. “They wanted to control the amount of video the cameras captured to make viewing and editing more efficient. And they wanted a broader field of view to help better inform coaching decisions. The wireless capability, the app and the 100-degree lens give them all they asked for.”

The new app allows a videographer to monitor battery life, track up to 16 helmets, and remotely start and stop video recording. The app also time stamps the video to make it easier for the editor to sync different angles of the same play in post-production. The National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment has approved the helmet for game play.

Nearly 30 teams have utilized the helmets, including colleges Auburn, Georgia, Oregon, Rutgers, Miami, Michigan, Clemson, Texas and Texas Tech as well as Jacksonville, Buffalo, Pittsburgh and Carolina from the NFL.

Coaches evaluate a player’s ability by watching where his eyes go during a play especially the quarterback. “It really is very confirming to the coaching staff to see how important it is to train the eyes of a player. I think it gives us an advantage. There’s no doubt about it,” said Rutgers coach Kyle Flood.

The next step, Jeansonne says, is taking point-of-view streaming to game day. “Football fans are telling us they want to see what the players see out on the field during a game. We are lobbying the NCAA and NFL to allow that. Our helmet is safe for game play. The rules just need to catch up to today’s technology.”

In addition, Jeansonne would like to expand the technology to baseball, lacrosse and hockey.

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