What is Monsterful VR?
Monsterful VR is an innovative product company living at the nexus of sports and technology. We create best-in-class sports training products for the professional and amateur ranks and also build and launch immersive sensory activations to help professional sports, hospitality, and retail venues revolutionize the customer experience.
When was the company formed?
What are Monsterful VR's products?
RibeeVR is Monsterful VR's market-leading baseball performance training technology. The product enables MLB players - whose desire to gain a competitive advantage is paramount - to train against pitchers they will face in upcoming games, thus enhancing their success at the plate. Valuable for players at all levels, from MLB and NCAA to youth academies, RibeeVR optimizes pitch recognition, strike zone awareness and reaction time, while minimizing the physical repetition of batting practice that can predispose to injury. The platform recreates the real physics of baseball, amasses data with each pitch/hit, and leverages AI to identify and exploit precise performance flaws, converting players’ weaknesses into strengths.
Play the Pros is a virtual reality (VR) game that enables fans to step into an authentic virtual world in each sport to match up against the pros. It feels real, from the on-field aesthetics right down to the play-by-play and features unique opportunities to compete against others around the country, win great prizes, and be featured on the scoreboard. Play the Pros is unlike anything seen before!
What is Virtual Reality?
Virtual Reality is an immersive experience that entails computer-generated simulation of a 3D image or environment that a person interacts with in what seems like a very real and physical way. This extraordinary technology utilizes special electronic equipment – such as a VR headset with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors – to virtually transport the user.
What is the difference between VR and Augmented Reality?
VR is more immersive than AR, transporting the user to an entirely new setting. Augmented Reality transposes visuals on the existing environment.
RibeeVR melds VR with artificial intelligence (AI) – intelligence demonstrated by
technology – to best prepare hitters based on prior performance against specific pitches and pitch sequences.
Where besides a ballpark might I find Play the Pros Baseball?
An ideal entertainment draw for people of all ages, Play the Pros can provide a boost to brick and mortar retail, VR and other amusement centers (such as mini golf and baseball batting cage facilities) or “eatertainment” establishments.
What are some of the reasons coaches love RibeeVR?
Coaches have the ability to select every pitch type and location, as well as set custom sequences based on each player’s unique weaknesses. They can also train players using simulated game scenarios that reinforce baseball fundamentals and best prepare them for opponents. Players can receive coaches’ feedback anyplace and anytime.
How does RibeeVR optimize performance?
RibeeVR features include swing plane, hot and cold zones, contact-point on bat, pitch trail, spray chart, hit trail, and many more.
Via a smart cube, RibeeVR is able to isolate and pause each pitcher’s release point to help hitters identify each pitch more quickly.
Intelligent pitch sequences in virtual at-bats help players to anticipate ball location & identify the correct moment to swing while measuring optimal vs. actual swing time.
As the owner of a baseball academy how can I best utilize RibeeVR?
Turnkey Sessions & Tournaments
Young players are excited about the opportunity to schedule RibeeVR private sessions, or subscribe for RibeeVR membership privileges. Academies are also the ideal setting for RibeeVR daylong or weekend Tournament Play and seasonal leagues!
Mobile Travel Unit
The custom designed Pelican Case is sturdy and portable for use both at your facility or for team travel on trips across the country! The first fully immersive VR training unit for professional and amateur ranks, RibeeVR allows you to capture multiple streams of revenue at home and on the go!
How much space do I need to house a RibeeVR unit or Play the Pros installation?
Both the Homestand (home base) unit and the Road Warrior (the mobile unit) are about three (3) feet wide, two (2) feet long and, when expanded for use, eight (8) feet high. Please make sure your space is sufficient for a player to swing a bat!
Play the Pros
Play the Pros is less mobile, has a larger footprint and can be customized to your space provided it is sufficient to enable a player to swing a bat and set up screens for viewing. Sponsors’ logos and products can be woven into gameplay or onto the installations.
What power and Internet access does a RibeeVR unit require?
RibeeVR does not require an Internet connection. The unit comes with a built-in router, and requires only a local network, which will have already been set up before delivery. Upon delivery, the unit will be plug and play! All that is needed from a power standpoint is a standard wall outlet.
What metrics does RibeeVR record?
RibeeVR records many standard baseball statistics relative to the outcome of a swing, such as: average, slugging percentage, and hits. It also records advanced metrics that measure the hitter’s ability to recognize pitches, such as: reaction time, chase percentage, and swing and miss rate. Below are the stats that RibeeVR currently stores (and there are more to come in the future!):
- - Chase percentage
- - Swing and miss rate
- - Reaction Time
- - Pitch Recognition
- - Strike Recognition
- - Exit Ball Velocity
- - Launch Angle
- - Bat Speed
- - Batted Ball Direction
- - And more!
- - R
- - H
- - 2B
- - 3B
- - HR
- - RBI
- - BB
- - SO
- - AVG
- - OBP
- - SLG
- - OPS
Is it difficult to set up RibeeVR?
RibeeVR is almost completely set up for you upon delivery. However, before each session, the “Run Room Setup” in SteamVR must be completed, which takes about 30 seconds. The room setup optimizes body and sensor tracking to ensure a perfect user experience.
Is there any other equipment I need to buy before using RibeeVR?
Only a bat! All other materials come built into the unit. Any bat can be used with RibeeVR. All that is needed is to affix the HTC tracker to the bottom of the bat and you’ll be good to go!
What customer support to you provide?
Monsterful’s customer support representatives will be available and happy to help you with any inquiry during business days from 9 AM – 5 PM ET.
What are the problems Monsterful seeks to solve with MVR’s baseball training technology?
Players, coaches, and front offices seek a competitive advantage.
Within the triad of player development, coaching, and scouting, there exists no common ground upon which players are assessed and projected to the next level. RibeeVR ties player development, coaching and scouting together. The platform amasses data with each pitch/hit and leverages AI to identify and exploit precise performance flaws, converting players’ weaknesses into strengths.
- - The scouting report has exclusively been a mix of static numbers and 2D video, with little to no interactivity, limiting translation to on-field performance. RibeeVR provide splayers an interactive 3D visualization of the scouting report and the ability to hit against pitchers they’ll face in competition.
Players cannot currently practice against pitchers they will face in competition. RibeeVR solves that easily!
Results driven data and advanced performance metrics have dictated the decision making for many a baseball front office. A major shift to a more elemental form of data is underway, that being player skill/attribute data that includes visual acuity, cognition, biomechanics, etc.
In the NCAA:
Players get insufficient game-like reps and Coaches’ time with players is limited by NCAA compliance. RibeeVR sessions can supplement practice with coaches who will still be able to access data/video to provide feedback.
As they work to make the jump to the next age bracket, young players struggle with pitches that have higher spin rates and velocities than those they’ve faced. With RibeeVR, young players can practice progressively against pitches of incremental difficulty.
What are the problems Monsterful seeks to solve with MVR’s baseball entertainment technology?
Play the Pros
WIth Play the Pros, Monsterful shines a brighter light on the game of baseball, the league and its best players. Sports teams face increasing competition for fan focus and entertainment dollars. In baseball, attendance is declining, demographics are aging and diversity is lacking. Clubs need to innovate.
Play the Pro's immersive, fun competitive sports VR experiences attract new and younger fans, stimulate concession sales and create viral year-round engagement. Tie-ins to sponsors and retail in a dual-sided marketplace generates new branding opportunities and revenue streams.
Are there other products planned for the future?
As an industry-leading producer of a broad range of unique cutting edge products, Monsterful will continue to push the limits of technology. Amongst other things, Play the Pros Hockey, Football and Basketball are on the horizon!
Does Monsterful VR have any partnerships?
We are proud to partner with Program 15 and the New Balance Future Stars Series!