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The Dallas Cowboys, already using drones to film part of the team’s organized training activities, plan to add virtual reality to help players improve on the field.

According to tech blog re/Code and confirmed by ESPN, the Cowboys have struck a deal with StriVR Labs, a virtual reality company with software that allows players a 3-D look at live action from practice using a virtual reality headset.

The Cowboys have added a new room for the system at their Valley Ranch facility in Irving, Texas, using the latest technology.

Former Stanford kicker Derek Belch developed the program that was used at his former school. StriVR also signed deals at Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Vanderbilt and Dartmouth.

The Cowboys have used a stationary camera behind the line of scrimmage during OTAs to give a 360-degree view of the plays, complete with sound.

Quarterbacks and other players will wear a headset that allows them to see a live-action 3-D replay of a play from any direction. The system also will allow coaches to see if the players are making the proper reads or checks during each play.

The Cowboys are the only NFL team using StriVR, but other teams, including the Atlanta Falcons, are considering adding the system, ESPN.com reported.


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