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Virtual Eye - June 2020

Virtual Eye Golf were in Florida in mid-March, covering the Players Championship on the PGA Tour. All sporting events were suddenly cancelled, and the world went into various forms of COVID-19 lockdown. Virtual Eye's operator teams flew back to New Zealand, and the company began to ponder how to deliver live sports graphics without having operators on the ground.

Two months later, after a hefty investment in hardware and some clever coding, Virtual Eye Golf returned to the relaunched PGA Tour on June 11 for the Charles Schwab Challenge in Fort Woth, Texas - and our company name couldn't be more appropriate: Onsite computers in America were controlled by our operators here in New Zealand - displaying requested graphics in real-time, over 12000 km from the tournament.

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Virtual Eye Golf - Dunedin Remote Operations suite (Charles Schwab Challenge, PGA Tour 2020)

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Virtual Eye Golf - Dunedin Remote Operations suite (Charles Schwab Challenge, PGA Tour 2020)

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Virtual Eye Golf - Dunedin Remote Operations suite (Charles Schwab Challenge, PGA Tour 2020)

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We intend to support the PGA Tour through to the end of the 2020 season, so the same virtual operating was used the following week at the RBC Heritage in South Carolina, at the end of June for the Travelers Championship in Connecticut, and early July at the Rocket Mortgage Classic in Detroit.

In addition to the usual 'Virtual Eye' product using Toptracer ball tracing on tee shots on a 3D model beside the live golfer shot and Virtual Flyovers that also display GolfTrax statistics, we have also introduced 'Virtual Signage' - using Augmented Reality to display statistics 'on' the course. Virtual Eye also helped develop TOURCast for the web and multiple devices, to track the action of golf players playing on the PGA Tour in real-time on an interactive 3D model. https://www.pgatour.com/tourcast/about.html

Virtual Eye - March 2020

The 52 Super Series event one in Cape Town was supported by Virtual Eye broadcast graphics and the Official 52 Super Series App. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the second event was cancelled and Virtual Eye Sailing returned to New Zealand. Virtual Eye Cricket provided ball-tracking and graphics for the first ODI between New Zealand and Australia in Sydney (played at an empty SCG) before returning home the following day.

Our stateside Golf operators returned home after one round of the Players Championship before it too was cancelled, having already covered the Arnold Palmer Invitational a week earlier. The Qatar Masters was also the last event right now for Virtual Eye on the European Tour.

Our people returned home safely and went into voluntary self-isolation. They are all in good health 20 days on. Some have decided to remain overseas, and we are in daily contact. In the immediate future we are completing deliverables, refining our existing services and developing new ones. Kia haumaru, e hoa mā (Be safe, friends).

Above: Day 1 Highlight incorporating Virtual Eye - Capetown 52 Super Series Sailing Week, South Africa

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  • July 2020 +

    Virtual Eye has returned to Major League Baseball, supplying our data-driven graphics and virtual... Read More
  • June 2020 +

    Virtual Eye Golf were in Florida in mid-March, covering the Players Championship on the PGA Read More
  • March 2020 +

    The 52 Super Series event one in Cape Town was supported by Virtual Eye broadcast Read More
  • February 2020 +

    Virtual Eye Golf operators were already encamped at the Saudi Arabia International and the... Read More
  • January 2020 +

    Supporting concurrent tournaments in multiple countries was the order of the month for both... Read More
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