One of the initial intentions and uses of the Microsoft HoloLens was always to enhance the watchability and engagement of sports, especially for fans who are desperate for statistics and different points of view whilst watching their favourite game or match. The PGA Tour, the official golfing tour organisers, are taking advantage of the augmented reality (AR) technology and give fans the extra level of stats and info in a way that they haven’t experienced before.
According to a report by GeekWire, a new demo was tried out on the HoloLens that let spectators move and manipulate 3D models of various holes accompanied by a large number of statistics to help engage them in a deeper sense. The AR software was developed by Taqtile, developers of AR and VR apps for companies, as it was requested by PGA Tour themselves.
The publication reports on its use of the AR golf application, reporting that what the user sees is “a bird’s-eye three-dimensional view of TPC Sawgrass — the course that hosts The Players Championship” which can be interacted with, displaying information such as player shot data from last year’s tournament. The holographic additions used on the course in the aplication are lines showing individual shot patterns.
PGA Tour is currently in a three-year sponsorship deal with Microsoft that started last year, which explains the comeabout and quality of finish of the holographic golf analysing application. When PGA Tour joined in this deal, Tom Wade, PGA Tour’s Chief Commercial Officer, released a statement hinting what now seems like an obvious venture, saying “The PGA TOUR is thrilled to enter into this relationship with Microsoft which, at its core, is designed to produce deeper, richer and more immersive content for our fans to consume across all of our platforms”.
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