As this story is being written one of the biggest sports events on the planet is underway: the fiftieth annual Superbowl. Many would say the greatest sporting spectacle on television, something that is certainly true in the United States. However, over the last few years a more unusual tradition has crept into the public consciousness and its fame has spread across the internet and even grabbed some big name sponsors.
I am of course talking about Animal Planet’s Puppy Bowl and it is the latest – and oddest – sporting event to get virtual reality (VR) support.
A parody of sorts of the Superbowl, the twelve year old feature showcases a contest (again, of sorts) between two sets of puppies in a small replica stadium which is filed at random intervals with a number of dog toys. When a puppy drags one of the toys into a replica end-zone a touchdown is declared. As you may imagine, scoring the extra point is somewhat impossible under the circumstances.
After an initial taster back in January a number of highlights are available as part of the Discovery VR app which and can be viewed in 360 degree video on the Google Cardboard or Samsung’s Gear VR head-mounted display. Additionally some clips are available on the Animal Planet Youtube channel. You can see the test run below.
VRFocus will continue to bring you updates relating to the Discovery VR app and other examples of VR HMD’s support for 360 degree video.