Citizens Sports Training LLC to create AI and VR-powered sports training systems
Citizens Rugby Foundation and Knowledge Avatars, Inc. form Citizens Sports Training LLC to create AI and VR-powered sports training systems. It will start with rugby.
By: Citizens Sports Training LLC
Traditional training systems that include videos and demonstrations fail to express the nuances of sports training. For example, players regularly make high-speed decisions in body position and techniques easily overlooked in traditional training, leaving such precise learning up to chance.
Citizens Sports Training LLC will address this challenge by developing 3D artificial characters in virtual reality to demonstrate sports techniques. Viewers of the artificial characters can observe the performance of sports techniques in full motion, slow motion, or stop-frame.
In VR, viewers can also walk around a scene in 360 degrees of perspective. The viewer can see where a player should position their hands, feet, head, and body. This immersive visualization enables a player to quickly achieve a mental imprint of the technique leading to rapid and in-depth learning.
Coaches will use the system to plan their training, and players will use it in preparation for their time on the pitch. They will enter the virtual world with a standard browser on computers, tablets, or phones, or via VR goggles such as Oculus. The goggles will give them the feeling of actually being on the field with the artificial characters.
The Company will start with creating a series of training modules for the sport of rugby – The Rugby Coach. Initial training modules will be designed for youth rugby players and then expand to high school scholastics, collegiate, club, and elite players.
Over the next ten years, it is estimated that rugby within the United States may grow from 150,000 to over one million players.
The Company is a joint venture between the Citizens Rugby Foundation and Knowledge Avatars, Inc. It is part of the Sports Totality – a group of rugby-minded businesses that seek to advance rugby through a closed-loop, sustainable economic system.
Karl Dakin, Board Chairman
Citizens Rugby Foundation