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(Product Design & Development)   NFL has equipped all its coaches with Microsoft Surface tablets for play calling, and the damn things seem to be working, even in the rain   (pddnet.com) divider line 31
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2014-08-12 01:01:42 PM  
What's the over/under on how long before Belichick learns how to hack?
 
2014-08-12 01:24:50 PM  
FTFA

Packers coach Mike McCarthy also gave the tablets a rave review.

"It's really convenient as far as having every series on the iPad as opposed to having a book for each series," McCarthy said.



Heh, I bet that made Microsoft happy.
 
2014-08-12 01:39:19 PM  
You can get rain-proof cases for iPads. I've got one. Not because I use it in the rain, but because it was the toughest one I could find that could withstand a five-year-old, a three-year-old and a toddler all vying to use it at once.
 
2014-08-12 02:35:00 PM  
Yeah but do the fat guys way up in the team booth get them too.

If they do, those tablets better come with booger-proof screens.
 
2014-08-12 02:38:21 PM  
How long until a coach forgets to plug it in and the battery runs out halway through the third quarter?
 
2014-08-12 02:46:15 PM  

KingKauff: How long until a coach forgets to plug it in and the battery runs out halway through the third quarter?


Surface actually has pretty good battery life. It's even long enough to last through a baseball game.

/Baseball Sucks
/Go Broncos
 
2014-08-12 02:47:15 PM  

cannotsuggestaname: FTFA

Packers coach Mike McCarthy also gave the tablets a rave review.

"It's really convenient as far as having every series on the iPad as opposed to having a book for each series," McCarthy said.


Heh, I bet that made Microsoft happy.


It was part of their problem with the Zune:  they were late, and by that time every music player was an "iPod", whether it was made by Apple or not.  Now tablets are "iPads" even if they run windows or android.
 
2014-08-12 02:48:43 PM  
FTA:  Coaches also had to figure out which direction to swipe for the next picture. Usually, that involves dragging the finger left. This tablet requires a swipe right.

"Next Picture" is a swipe right? WTF M$?
 
2014-08-12 02:51:50 PM  
Is there a software that takes the video from a game and changes it into a simulation that can be manipulated and rerun with new plays? I would think that would be extremely helpful for coaches. If this exists and has forever, please enlighten me, but I have never heard of it.
 
2014-08-12 02:56:43 PM  

TsarTom: What's the over/under on how long before Belichick learns how to hack?


I think the NFL should have let the individual teams pick the flavor of tablet they wanted to use.

Belichick would have some sort of homebrewed monstrosity running whatever flavor of UNIX they use on Cray Supercomputers. Pete Carroll would have a Surface, obviously, because of the local business. Harbaugh an iPad, for the same reason.

Jay Gruden would have one of those $70 7-inch Androids, because that's all Snyder would pay for.

Rob Ryan would have streaming porn, and a post-it note that just says "BLITZ".
 
2014-08-12 03:02:09 PM  

KingKauff: How long until a coach forgets to plug it in and the battery runs out halway through the third quarter?


That depends, did Apple somehow force iOS 7.1 on there?
 
2014-08-12 03:08:13 PM  

TsarTom: What's the over/under on how long before Belichick learns how to hack?


Done in one.
 
2014-08-12 03:09:45 PM  

Gonz: TsarTom: What's the over/under on how long before Belichick learns how to hack?

I think the NFL should have let the individual teams pick the flavor of tablet they wanted to use.

Belichick would have some sort of homebrewed monstrosity running whatever flavor of UNIX they use on Cray Supercomputers. Pete Carroll would have a Surface, obviously, because of the local business. Harbaugh an iPad, for the same reason.

Jay Gruden would have one of those $70 7-inch Androids, because that's all Snyder would pay for.

Rob Ryan would have streaming porn, and a post-it note that just says "BLITZ".


Rob Ryan? Hope it isn't of Rex's wife's feet!

/off to puke for a while
 
2014-08-12 03:21:25 PM  

roc6783: Is there a software that takes the video from a game and changes it into a simulation that can be manipulated and rerun with new plays? I would think that would be extremely helpful for coaches. If this exists and has forever, please enlighten me, but I have never heard of it.


I  remember reading, I think in Maxim, about something called GamePlan.  Software that can take the game chop the relevent plays and send it to the player's devices instead trying to customize dvds for each of them.  And they can also remotely wipe them too when someone gets cut.
 
2014-08-12 03:32:45 PM  
Since the Surface is compatible with Office products, I can picture Andrew Luck building a macro in Excel that, once ran, demonstrates the run yardage gained in various situations to Trent Richardson, who promptly nods his head and on the next carry runs anyway into the first defender for a 2 yard gain.
 
2014-08-12 04:35:38 PM  

Jiro Dreams Of McRibs: Yeah but do the fat guys way up in the team booth get them too.

If they do, those tablets better come with booger-proof screens.


i plan to favorite you as "one who wipes boogers on screen"

basically so that, in some years time, I will completely forget this thread and really confuse myself with that favorite.

then, many years from now, I'll ask you about it, and you'll have forgotten, and we'll use some new search engine (because google was put in receivership in ireland, after expatriating from the US, and running illegal chicken liver cloning farms on barges off the coast of nigeria) to find the answer...

and this will be the answer, and we'll be a little disappointed.

/ but, i'm probably going to forget to favorite you, and then, this will never have happened... i guess google really dodged a bullet there.
 
2014-08-12 05:00:43 PM  

Gonz: Belichick would have some sort of homebrewed monstrosity running whatever flavor of UNIX they use on Cray Supercomputers. Pete Carroll would have a Surface, obviously, because of the local business. Harbaugh an iPad, for the same reason.


John Harbaugh would have a Samsung Galaxy Tab, just to spite his brother.

Chip Kelly would have a mash-up app that randomly picks 3 or 4 different plays and combines them, running on a loop every 20 seconds.

Andy Reid would have one of those deli ordering kiosks.
 
2014-08-12 05:17:32 PM  
Marc Trestman probably just wants one of those huge old-timey desk calculators.
 
2014-08-12 06:18:55 PM  
Jason Garrett's does a BSoD in last three minutes of the 4th quarter.
 
2014-08-12 06:21:11 PM  

Siberian Khatru: FTA:  Coaches also had to figure out which direction to swipe for the next picture. Usually, that involves dragging the finger left. This tablet requires a swipe right.

"Next Picture" is a swipe right? WTF M$?


If there is a way to screw up the UI Microsoft will find it.
 
2014-08-12 07:28:13 PM  

whither_apophis: Siberian Khatru: FTA:  Coaches also had to figure out which direction to swipe for the next picture. Usually, that involves dragging the finger left. This tablet requires a swipe right.

"Next Picture" is a swipe right? WTF M$?

If there is a way to screw up the UI Microsoft will find it.


I think that's just the software they built.  Every windows thing I have  (tablet, computer and phone) you swipe left to get to.
 
2014-08-12 07:42:02 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: whither_apophis: Siberian Khatru: FTA:  Coaches also had to figure out which direction to swipe for the next picture. Usually, that involves dragging the finger left. This tablet requires a swipe right.

"Next Picture" is a swipe right? WTF M$?

If there is a way to screw up the UI Microsoft will find it.

I think that's just the software they built.  Every windows thing I have  (tablet, computer and phone) you swipe left to get to.


It must have been a Chinese firm the outsourced to programming.
 
2014-08-12 07:42:41 PM  

Representative of the unwashed masses: whither_apophis: Siberian Khatru: FTA:  Coaches also had to figure out which direction to swipe for the next picture. Usually, that involves dragging the finger left. This tablet requires a swipe right.

"Next Picture" is a swipe right? WTF M$?

If there is a way to screw up the UI Microsoft will find it.

I think that's just the software they built.  Every windows thing I have  (tablet, computer and phone) you swipe left to get to.


Windows 8 swipes right-to-left for next picture, as does Windows Phone.

it's gotta be their custom software.
 
2014-08-12 09:09:22 PM  

drumhellar: Representative of the unwashed masses: whither_apophis: Siberian Khatru: FTA:  Coaches also had to figure out which direction to swipe for the next picture. Usually, that involves dragging the finger left. This tablet requires a swipe right.

"Next Picture" is a swipe right? WTF M$?

If there is a way to screw up the UI Microsoft will find it.

I think that's just the software they built.  Every windows thing I have  (tablet, computer and phone) you swipe left to get to.

Windows 8 swipes right-to-left for next picture, as does Windows Phone.

it's gotta be their custom software.


I would guess it's because that is how you turn the pages in a book
 
2014-08-12 09:15:09 PM  

lokis_mentor: roc6783: Is there a software that takes the video from a game and changes it into a simulation that can be manipulated and rerun with new plays? I would think that would be extremely helpful for coaches. If this exists and has forever, please enlighten me, but I have never heard of it.

I  remember reading, I think in Maxim, about something called GamePlan.  Software that can take the game chop the relevent plays and send it to the player's devices instead trying to customize dvds for each of them.  And they can also remotely wipe them too when someone gets cut.


That makes sense. I was envisioning something like a Madden simulation, but it uses real data from the game. You could then use it to predict the outcome of plays by changing parameters such as a cut to the left for a RB or using zone vs a certain offensive look when you actually used a man defense in last week's game.
 
2014-08-12 11:15:25 PM  

whither_apophis: If there is a way to screw up the UI Microsoft will find it.


Emirates Airlines have been using Windows 8 tablets for a couple of years. Given Emirate's desire to get every bit of the customer experience right, I doubt Microsoft dumping some money on them or giving free devices would be enough to get the tablets into the cabin crew's hands.

/Seriously, Microsoft aside, if you ever get to fly Emirates, do it... and then cry when you get on your connecting flight on a US carrier
 
2014-08-12 11:39:52 PM  

drumhellar: Representative of the unwashed masses: whither_apophis: Siberian Khatru: FTA:  Coaches also had to figure out which direction to swipe for the next picture. Usually, that involves dragging the finger left. This tablet requires a swipe right.

"Next Picture" is a swipe right? WTF M$?

If there is a way to screw up the UI Microsoft will find it.

I think that's just the software they built.  Every windows thing I have  (tablet, computer and phone) you swipe left to get to.

Windows 8 swipes right-to-left for next picture, as does Windows Phone.

it's gotta be their custom software.


There just holding it upside down  ;)

So that's how you post a M$ thread without Linux Yes coming in with his drivel. You put in the sports tab.
 
2014-08-13 01:15:35 AM  

hitmanric: drumhellar: Representative of the unwashed masses: whither_apophis: Siberian Khatru: FTA:  Coaches also had to figure out which direction to swipe for the next picture. Usually, that involves dragging the finger left. This tablet requires a swipe right.

"Next Picture" is a swipe right? WTF M$?

If there is a way to screw up the UI Microsoft will find it.

I think that's just the software they built.  Every windows thing I have  (tablet, computer and phone) you swipe left to get to.

Windows 8 swipes right-to-left for next picture, as does Windows Phone.

it's gotta be their custom software.

There just holding it upside down  ;)

So that's how you post a M$ thread without Linux Yes coming in with his drivel. You put in the sports tab.


Come to think of it I did notice that this thread was unusually pleasant.
 
2014-08-13 08:15:41 AM  

roc6783: lokis_mentor: roc6783: Is there a software that takes the video from a game and changes it into a simulation that can be manipulated and rerun with new plays? I would think that would be extremely helpful for coaches. If this exists and has forever, please enlighten me, but I have never heard of it.

I  remember reading, I think in Maxim, about something called GamePlan.  Software that can take the game chop the relevent plays and send it to the player's devices instead trying to customize dvds for each of them.  And they can also remotely wipe them too when someone gets cut.

That makes sense. I was envisioning something like a Madden simulation, but it uses real data from the game. You could then use it to predict the outcome of plays by changing parameters such as a cut to the left for a RB or using zone vs a certain offensive look when you actually used a man defense in last week's game.


We're nowhere near having the ability to do such a thing
 
2014-08-13 09:57:06 AM  

Incontinent_dog_and_monkey_rodeo: It was part of their problem with the Zune:  they were late, and by that time every music player was an "iPod", whether it was made by Apple or not.  Now tablets are "iPads" even if they run windows or android.


The Zune was/is a better product than the iPod (I bought three of the first five generation iPods and then gave up).  Easier to use, more versatile, didn't need shiatty iTunes to run it, etc...

Windows 8 though.....that's pretty much guaranteed I'm not buying a Windows product again.  What a fark-up.  The best defense people have is that, if you do a bunch of different steps, it's almost as functional as 7.
 
2014-08-13 01:23:10 PM  
Microsoft has a huge deal with the NFL for various access things.  xBox Live is supposed to be getting some significant propietary content for users this season IIRC, but I haven't even turned on my xBox in like 6 months since the power cord failed.
 
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