Major Takeaways:

  • At CES 2016, EON Reality demonstrated a blown-up version of the company’s Project OPS, a simulation that allows batters to get in reps while staring down a virtual pitcher.
  • Although expensive and requiring skilled programming, the setup is already finding interest from at least 2 MLB teams who have purchased systems, with potential for more.
  • EON also demonstrated the zSpace tablet, a tool that makes it easier for users to interact with objects in 3D.  The company hopes to use this in classrooms in the future.
  • EON Reality’s app also lets it switch between AR/VR seamlessly onto a user’s smartphone, fulfilling the company’s desire to make VR accessible regardless of setup.

The Daily Dot reports on EON Reality’s latest demonstration at CES 2016.

From the article:

If a hitter wants to practice how they take a particular pitch, or what a stadium feels like, they can create that scenario and step into it. “If you’re facing, say, Clayton Kershaw, the way his pitch breaks might look different in Dodgers Stadium than it does somewhere else. The color of the wall in the outfield can change the way the pitch appears,” Reilly explained.

The setup is pricey and requires a person familiar with it to program in the different situations, but MLB teams are already latching on. Reilly said two professional organizations had already purchased the system, and more are expected to get on board. It’s by far the most in-depth sports simulation Eon Reality produces.

The version of Project OPS built for VR headsets includes hitting lessons from former big leaguer Jason Giambi. The consumer model includes a variety of adjustable settings that give users the opportunity to see and read pitches as they look at game speed.

What will make the program even more accessible is shrinking it down from the zSpace system to the smartphone. Eon Reality’s app for iOS and Android offers both an augmented and virtual reality experience that, while less intricate, still gives users an opportunity to explore. The app seamlessly switches between AR, where a simple sheet of paper can become a platform for an ancient Egyptian sculpture, to VR, where users can attach their phones to a cardboard headset and walk around the pyramid said sculpture came from.

That appears to be key to Eon Reality’s plans; the company seems to want to make every experience it creates available in some form regardless of what sort of set-up you have available. With more than 7,000 applications for VR and AR already, and more on the way, Eon Reality’s ceiling is towering…

Head to The Daily Dot for the full article.