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10,000 Google Cardboard headsets given away during Patriots’ practice

Google has teamed up with Bank of America and Visa, along with the New England Patriots, to give fans a new virtual experience via iOS and Android.

Bank of America and Visa announced that they were giving away 10,000 Google Cardboard virtual reality headsets at Gillette Stadium in Massachusetts before the Patriots’ game against the Eagles.

Using the headsets, fans were given an inside look at what goes on during a training day virtually or given a chance to “Travel Inside the Game,” according to Digital Trends.The headsets were first available during the Patriots’ FanZone pregame festivities.

This was yet another Google Cardboard giveaway meant to put the spotlight on virtual reality and share it with the kinds of people who could eventually turned into VR lovers, not just the tech junkies and gamers. Plus, it was a good opportunity for Visa to promote their BankAmericard Travel Rewards Visa credit cards.

Here is the 360-degree video experience that allows you to move the video with your mouse and discover all directions. You are taken into the training facility, into the locker room and onto the field. Although this is not really VR, it is the closest sports fans will get to the field without actually being on it. If you have access to a Cardboard headset, put it on!

This is experience is great whether you’re a Patriots fan or not. I’m definitely not a fan, but I did feel like I got pretty close to Tom Brady. So there’s that!


According to TechCrunch, this experience is built on the Stivr VR training platform, which has been a popular training tool for several NFL teams including the Cowboys, Jets, 49ers, Vikings and the Patriots.

Earlier in the year, the Caps, Mystics and Wizards became the first NHL, WNBA and NBA teams to link up with Strivr. Strivr is working on bringing their technology to other sports teams as well.

The Cardboard headsets at Gillette are limited edition, according to Digital Trends.

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