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Virtual Eye - July 2017

Our Virtual Eye Golf operators started the month at the US Open Seniors in Massachusetts and the Open de France in Paris, before heading to the UK for the Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart GC, the AAM Scottish Open at Dundonald Links and The Open Championship at Royal Birkdale. These tournaments were followed by The Senior Open Championship at Royal Porthcawl GC in Wales and the Porsche European Open at Green Eagle Golf Course in Hamburg, Germany. Virtual Eye Sailing supplied live broadcast and web coverage of the 5th event on the 52 Super Series calendar, the Puerto Portals Sailing Week off the island of Mallorca, Spain.

Virtual Eye - June 2017

Golf and Sailing, two of the signature spectator sports enhanced by Virtual Eye's real-time graphics, kept everyone at Virtual Eye very busy this past month. Our Golf operators continued their globetrotting ways, attending the Nordea Masters in Sweden, the Lyoness Open in Austria, the US OPEN in Wisconsin, the BMW International Open in Germany, the US OPEN Seniors in Massachusetts, and the Open de France in Paris.
Our Sailing operators and tech staff were already at the America's Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs in Bermuda when the month began, providing broadcast, mobile and onsite services which included the Official AC+ App, 3D real-time tracking graphics, broadcast infographics, 360 video aboard AC50s, onsite touchscreen installations, grinding simulators and sailing simulators. Inbetween America's Cup Match races, we also found time to cover the RedBull Youth America's Cup in Bermuda, and the 52 Super Series in Porto Cervo, Italy.

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360VR in Bermuda

Richard Gladwell from Sail-World NZ met Virtual Eye CEO Ian Taylor aboard the ferry back to Hamilton, Bermuda at the end of a day's America's Cup racing. Putting on the Samsung Gear headset Ian was carrying, Richard watched a 3D Video clip of Emirates Team New Zealand's Louis Vuitton Semi-Final race against Land Rover BAR. The application is the latest development from Virtual Eye, whose tracking and 3D graphics for broadcast TV has been extended into a multitude of platforms and devices from mobile phones to PC's and smart TV's.
It provides a stunning 360 view of what it is like to sail aboard an AC50, sitting in the centre of the wingsailed catamaran close to the aft crossbeam. The 360VR camera pack consists of eight GoPro's - with one looking up, two looking down and five covering a 360degree horizontal radius - and was 3D printed at Virtual Eye's Dunedin offices. Read the full story at

Virtual Eye - May 2017

Mid-May saw Virtual Eye Sailing in Scarlino Italy, covering the Rolex TP52 World Championship Scarlino 2017. Meanwhile, Virtual Eye Golf set up shop in the U.K., supplying graphics and tracking at the BMW PGA Championships at Wentworth Club. The America's Cup Qualifiers and Challenger Playoffs began in Bermuda on the 27th, and Virtual Eye is there for the duration of the 35th America's Cup.

Virtual Eye is also aiming to put you on-board an America's Cup boat. Recently, Radio New Zealand interviewed Virtual Eye CEO Ian Taylor, who described some of the challenges the company faced. "In Bermuda we're doing all the stuff that you'd normally expect, the tracking, the computer graphics, the mobile app... but the thing that's got us all excited is the potential for 360 VR. Imagine it, being on the back of one of those things flying at close to 50 knots, with another one chasing you... unbelievable. So we've had to build our own multi-camera rigs to go on the boats, get permission from the America's Cup people to put them on the boats, and there's so much data coming off the boats that we've had to design a whole logistical system as well."

Virtual Eye Systems Manager, John Jenkins, adds: "As a race starts a crew member pushes a button to start all the cameras simultaneously , they record for the duration of their battery life. When the race is finished we grab the unit off the boat, download the data from the cards and process it with our own software. We're hoping to have finished 360 video available within a 3 hour timeframe. There are rigs around that you can do this with, but we're hoping to get better quality stitching and a lot more definition in the video. We've built 2 units for the America's Cup... on the lead-up races we'll be testing the units, the America's Cup people will decide which boats they go on ultimately."

Virtual Eye - March 2017

In March, Virtual Eye Sailing set up shop in Florida for Miami Sailing Week, covering the Star Sailors League 2017 Bacardi Cup and the 52 Super Series Miami Royal Cup events. Meanwhile, Virtual Eye Cricket covered the New Zealand vs South Africa ODI and Test series in Napier, Auckland, Dunedin, Wellington and Hamilton. The Virtual Eye Golf team covered the ISPS Handa New Zealand Golf Open at Millbrook Resort and The Hills, and congratulates Michael Hendry, the first Kiwi to claim the title since 2003 after a three-way playoff.

Virtual Eye - February 2017

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Virtual Eye Cricket posted a great run-rate in February, starting with coverage of New Zealand vs Australia One Day Internationals (ODIs) in Napier and Hamilton. The lads then split into two teams to handle 3 dates where matches were being played on the same day, one covering Australia vs Sri Lanka ODIs in Melbourne, Geelong and Adelaide, while the other covered New Zealand vs South Africa ODIs in Auckland, Hamilton and Christchurch. The Virtual Eye Golf Team provided tracking and graphics at the Omega Dubai Desert Classic in Dubai at the start of the month, and the World Super 6 in Perth midway through February.

As part of Virtual Eye's gearing up for the 35th America's Cup (starting May 26), we provided a visualization of the Cup Village in Bermuda to the America's Cup Event Authority. The village is located in the Royal Naval Dockyard on the westernmost end of the island, and will be the prime viewing location for the racing taking place on Bermuda's Great Sound.

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Virtual Eye - January 2017

Virtual Eye Cricket carried the bat throughout January, supplying our ball-tracking and graphics package for Channel 9 coverage of the One Day Internationals (ODI) and Test series between Australia and Pakistan in Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth and Adelaide. We also supplied our ball-tracking and graphics for Sky Sports coverage of the ODIs and Test series between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Napier, Mt. Maunganui, Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland.

Virtual Eye also supplied yacht-tracking and graphics over television and the web and on mobile for the first Sailing event on our 2017 calendar, the Quantum Key West Race Week - the first regatta of the 52 Super Series 2017. The Virtual Eye Golf team began their season covering the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship and the Commercial Bank Qatar Masters at Doha GC in Qatar.


Virtual Eye - December 2016

The Virtual Eye Golf team wound up their 2016 season at the Australian PGA Championship at RACV Royal Pines Resort, and the Hong Kong Open at Hong Kong GC in Fan Leng. Virtual Eye Cricket started the month in full swing with One Day Internationals between Australia and New Zealand in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne. The ODIs were followed in quick succession by test matches between Australia and Pakistan in Brisbane and Melbourne, and ODIs between New Zealand and Bangladesh in Christchurch and Nelson.

Virtual Eye - November 2016

November marked the beginning of Virtual Eye's annual Cricket season, supplying info-graphics and ball-tracking of the Australia vs South Africa test series in Perth, Hobart and Adelaide. The team also covered the New Zealand vs Pakistan test series in Christchurch and Hamilton.
Meanwhile, Virtual Eye Golf brought their magic to the Turkish Airlines Open in Antalya, the Nedbank Golf Challenge in Sun City, the World Cup of Golf in Melbourne and the DP World Tour Championship in Dubai. In addition to covering the tournament in Dubai, producing 360 degree tutorial videos by professional golfers was another service Virtual Eye provided.

Virtual Eye - October 2016

The final regatta of the 52 Super Series 2016 was the Cascais Cup, with Virtual Eye Sailing again providing real-time broadcast graphics, live and historical 3D race tracking at, and the Official 52 Super Series App. Congratulations to cup winner Azzurra, and overall series champions Quantum Racing.
The Virtual Eye Golf team began the month covering the Ryder Cup at Hazeltine National Golf Club in Minnesota, before a quick trip across the Atlantic to the Alfred Dunhill Championship in Scotland and the British Masters at the Grove, Hertfordshire. The Portugal Masters at Oceanico Victoria and the WGC-HSBC Champions tournament at Sheshan International in Shanghai completed the team's 32,000 kilometres of travel for the month.
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