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SchuttVision 2.0 Released

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By Brett A. Sommers

FirstDown|Line Staff Writer

SVI has recently announced the release of SchuttVision 2.0, which includes a 100-degree field of vision, enhanced from the original version’s 64-degree field of view, and SVI CEO and co-founder Jeremey Jeansonne answered FirstDown|Line’s questions about its latest product.

Sports Video Innovations (SVI) made headlines a year ago with the release of SchuttVision, the first fully-integrated helmet camera, built into the brow of football helmets to capture live action for fan enjoyment and aid player development.

Read parts 1, 2 or 3 of last year’s series with details of the product’s original release in an interview with co-founder JR Liverman.

“2.0 is the game changer everyone has been looking for,” Jeansonne said.

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“(The extra 36 degrees) basically gives the quarterback the ability to see almost the whole defensive line. It’s a huge improvement that coaches were really wanting. With the old lens we weren’t catching enough of the field.”

In addition to a better view, SchuttVision 2.0 has the ability to wirelessly stream live footage to an iPad or laptop through an app that allows tracking of up to 16 SchuttVision helmets simultaneously. Videos are time stamped for synching and video-editing purposes.

The ability to live stream produced at least one outcome which Jeansonne didn’t expect, especially since figuring a way to wirelessly stream was one of the largest challenges to developing SchuttVision 2.0.

“Honestly I didn’t know it would stream directly to an iPad, from the helmet to an access point,” Jeansonne said. “I didn’t realize the coach would be able to sit right there behind the player. I thought it was mainly going to be for broadcast and television.

“Transmitting wirelessly from a helmet with a size constraint and the enclosure where it makes it safe for the player to wear was the biggest challenge.”

The latest camera produces 720p HD video at 30 frames per second and has a battery life of 2.5 hours. While the battery life isn’t necessarily long enough to last the entirety of most major sporting events, Jeansonne shrugged off concerns, explaining batteries are easily changed and that cameras can be turned on/off via the app, allowing players not playing to save battery life until returning to the field.

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Like its previous model, SchuttVision passed inspection and was approved by the National Operating Committee on Standards for Athletic Equipment (NOCSAE), making 2.0 safe for use. Jeansonne said the helmet cam passed with flying colors.

SchuttVision became common last year, especially across college campuses, used as a promotion material distributed to fans by some programs and valuable film study for others, the use of SchuttVision 2.0 in game situations is the next logical step, and Jeansonne says the technology is ready.

“I believe you will see it in the games, not live, but with postproduction,” he said, also stating that at least one of the Power 5 conferences (Big Ten, Big 12, Pac 12, SEC and ACC) has been lobbying for clearance with the NCAA.

Efforts are being made with the NFL as well, and the technology has already been used by the Arena Football League, probably not coincidentally gaining support from former NFL quarterback Ron Jaworski and owner of the Philadelphia Soul, part of the AFL.

“(Jaworski) told us he thought it was an awesome new technology and he thought it would be something that would continue to grow,” Jeansonne said. “He understands the technology and ho wit can help better themselves.”

Jeansonne said progress is being made to bring the technology to the sports of baseball, hockey and lacrosse in the near future.

As far as what is next for the technology itself, no time is being wasted to begin work on what will presumably become SchuttVision 3.0.

“The next goal for the engineering or product development would be to go from 720p to 1080p and also have more stabilization built into the camera,” Jeansonne said. “That is exactly what we will be going after. We aren’t going to sit back and wait to hear. We are going to start these projects now.”

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In addition to being a contributor to FirstDown|Line, Brett A. Sommers is a sports reporter for the Record-Eagle in Traverse City, Mich.

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