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  • me 9:49 am on August 26, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Bucs, coaching, iPad, ,   

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers use iPads as coaching tools 

    In one of my exit discussions with the Lightning, I told them that in five years or less they’d be doing this very same thing.

    Trash of iPad boxes from the Bucs recent mass purchase

    I had no idea the Bucs were already in the process of building it. Good for Raheem.

    From tampabay.com: Tampa Bay Buccaneers buy each player an iPad to hold playbook, videos

    …the Bucs have downloaded their playbooks on iPad 2s and distributed them to each of their 90 players.

    What’s more, players can use the tablet computer to reference video files of games, and practice and situational videos of any NFL team.

    Just about every player on the Lightning owned an iPad last season. The year before it was a PSP. But Vinny brought an iPad to training camp 2010 and everyone literally flocked around it to have a peek.

    There’s a lot of downtime while on the road and most of the coaches are usually watching video on laptops. Not only are the laptops bulky but moving from seat to seat on a plane with a running hard drive serving high quality video isn’t exactly the best thing for the long-term health of the machine.

    The next iteration on this will be training tools within the video.

    Take an iPad. Put video on it. And then create a Rosetta Stone-like app experience where the video runs to a point and the player has to make a choice (via finger gesture) of where the puck should go or who to cover around the net, etc. Sure, most players will still rather watch any of the recently released Hollywood movies they have stored on their tablet, but the ease of use and interactivity of such a coaching tool adds enough value to make it engaging for the player.

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  • me 4:10 pm on August 25, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: iPad, SlingBox, streaming, Time Warner, Viacom   

    Time Warner and Viacom fued 

    One of the craziest tech stories I’ve read in a while.

    Time Warner to Subsidize Subscribers’ TV Device

    Time Warner Cable’s free Slingbox offer likely to rankle networks

    Basically, Time Warner was offering its paying customers the ability to use an iPad in order stream tv channels within the home. Using the iPad as another set-top box.

    But Viacom didn’t like that, so they forced Time Warner to remove the feature.

    Then Time Warner launched a new deal for customers!

    Order their top-tier internet service, and they’ll give you a $300 rebate for a brand new SlingBox.

    A SlingBox lets anyone watch their home tv anywhere they can get an internet connection.

    So you can be in Japan, and fire up your SlingBox app on your iPad and watch all the Comedy Central you want from the comfort of your dojo.

     
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