Samsung and Aviva Premiership rugby champions Harlequins today announced a collaboration that will see the Samsung Galaxy Note II and its S Pen technology used by the rugby union club as part of its demanding squad training programme.
The Galaxy Note II is a device that blends creativity and productivity thanks to the S Pen – an advanced pen input technology that can be used to take notes, and create and annotate documents on its 5.55” (141mm) HD Super AMOLED display. The Harlequins coaching staff are using the technology to plan team tactics and enhance team performance for the Harlequins’ Heineken Cup games, both in training and during the matches themselves.
The Galaxy Note II is being used by Harlequins to view, pause and rewind live feeds during matches, all direct from the device. Using the ‘Coaches Eye’ app on the Galaxy Note II, the coaching team is then able to analyse footage from the match using the S Pen and record a voice over with comments on certain elements of the game which is then fed back to the players.
Conor O’Shea, Director of Rugby at Harlequins, commented: “The Galaxy Note II has already become a key part of our coaching programme after just a few weeks. The S Pen’s proving really useful in terms of creating training schedules and tip sheets, as well as editing them while we’re out on the pitch or making notes on the opposition. The fact the Galaxy Note II is so portable is a huge benefit – it not only cuts out huge amounts of paperwork, it also saves us having to carry around pens, paper, and laptops everywhere we go – because we can just use the Galaxy Note II for everything.”
Simon Stanford, Vice President, Telecommunications & Networks Division, Samsung UK and Ireland said of the collaboration “The Samsung Galaxy Note II has been a great success since it launched in October, and it’s really exciting to see it being used in such a dynamic environment. Conor and his coaching staff have really embraced the device and it’s great to hear all the different ways it’s being used in training and to prepare for important matches.”