MOTI Mobile Tip: Scratchpad

MOTI Mobile Scratchpad supplies the user with an easy-to-access drawing surface that can help coaches and players craft new ideas and explain current drills/techniques through drawing.

Accessing the Scratchpad

The scratchpad is only available through the mobile app user-interface.  If you are in the mobile app Web interface, you will see a button at the bottom of the screen that is labeled “SWITCH TO APP VIEW”.  Press this button to enter the mobile app user-interface.

The scratchpad is activated through the Main Menu in the mobile app user-interface.  Press the 3-Dot Button at the top-right of the screen (see below, outlined in blue) to activate the Main Menu. READ MORE

MOTI Mobile Tip: What does the App do, and why should I use it?

The MOTI Mobile App is a free, but very powerful App designed to work with our cloud based platform Mitosports.com) and provides a real time 3D viewing experience of our 3D Skills and 3D Drills. The MOTI Mobile App has three functional components.

  • Thin Internet Browser – This provides direct viewing of the Coachspage.com information, it eliminates players and coaches from “wondering around” the internet thus providing a safe & secure environment for youth to use.
  • 3D Technical Skills – This plays the 3D Technical Skills (Foot Skills) allowing the coach or player to rotate around the Skill being demonstrated,from any viewing perspective in the Mobile App via a gaming engine technology (in the future this will lead in the future to a better visual learning experience). This method enhances visual learning while significantly reducing or entirely eliminating “data streaming” which uses up your mobile data plan. It is much simpler to ship a very small file than it is to stream a large video stream.
  • 3D Tactical Skills – This plays the 3D Tactical Drills (activities, simulations) and allows the player or coach to rotate and view the drill / activity / simulation from any perspective needed to comprehend the drill. This is implemented in a gaming engine technology, which in the future will provide for significant enhancement of viewing and understanding.

Two items to note. First when viewing a 3D element (Skill or Drill) once it has been viewed, it will not be downloaded again (as it is already located with in the app), unless the MOTI MOBILE App is reset. Second the re-flash of the MOTI Blue Logo Screen that you see between viewing the Practice Plan and viewing a 3D Skill or Drill, is simply the app, refreshing the contents of the Thin Internet Browser. READ MORE

MOTI MOBILE Tip: Drill Camera Controls

MOTI Mobile Camera Controls for Drills provides the user dynamic options to review and study drills.  From tracking a player on the field to viewing a drill from overhead to actually being the player, the camera controls provide a multitude of options.

The review of the camera modes will be divided into 4 different parts.  Topics for the 4 parts are:

  1. Motion Controls and Overview (this article) – Part 1 will introduce the motion controls available to the user (finger-gestures and on-screen joysticks) and provide a high-level overview of each of the camera modes.
  2. Pivot-In-Place and Rotate-Around-Location – Part 2 covers two modes that provide a very flexible overview of a drill. As a note, Pivot-In-Place is the default mode when a drill starts.
  3. Follow-Player, Follow-Ball, Track-Player and Track-Ball – Part 3 will explore the ‘follow’ and ‘tracking’ options. These modes facilitate focusing on specific player/ball in a complex drill.
  4. Top-Down Perspective – Part 4 reviews a viewing-mechanism of the field that will be very familiar with user that play some of the most popular real-time strategy games.

Motion Controls

The motion of the camera can be controlled by finger-gestures and by the on-screen joysticks.

Finger Gestures

Common finger gestures are used with the touchscreen.  The effect of the finger gestures will change based on the camera mode that is selected.  The individual effects will be outlined in the article that contains the camera mode.   The following terms in these articles will be used to describe motion on the touchscreen.  Currently, the finger gestures are:

Slide left/right

Single press and hold on the touchscreen then sliding the finger right and left.

Slide up/down

Single press and hold on the touchscreen then sliding the finger up and down. READ MORE

MOTI MOBILE Tip: Drill Controls – Part 1 of 3

MOTI Mobile drill controls give the user control over the playback of the
drill, options for viewing the drill from different locations and
management of the special effects available. The drill controls are
positioned at the bottom of the screen.

This series of articles will be divided into 3 parts. Topics for the 3
parts are:

  1.  Animation Controls and Overview (this article) – Part 1
    introduces the main control panel, the animation controls and the
    menu/control-panel buttons.
  2.  Zoom and Camera Views – Part 2 covers both the zoom control and
    the camera view menu that help with viewing the drill in different ways.
  3.  Drill Effects – Part 3 will covers the drill effects that are
    available to help visualize the workings of the drill.

Controls Overview

The drill controls are located at the bottom of the screen and are always
on-screen. The follow sections will refer to the image below using both the
icon and the numbers for identification.

Restart-When-Done Button

The restart-when-done button (number 1) allows the user to choose if the
drill will start again at the beginning once it is completed. This button
has the following states:

Restart-when-done (highlighted)

In this state, when the drill reaches the end, it will restart at the
beginning.

Do not restart-when-done (not highlighted)

In this state, when the drill reaches the end, it will stop and will not
restart until the Play button is pressed again.

As a note, the restart-when-done setting will be remembered between viewing
drills.

Zoom Button

The zoom button (number 2) will display a pop-up control panel that can
change the zoom of the camera. This allows the user to zoom in or out while
not moving the camera. The details of this control panel will be covered in
a subsequent article.

Step-Back Button READ MORE

MOTI MOBILE Tip: Camera Controls for Drills – Part 4 of 4

Welcome back to the 4-part series on MOTI Mobile Camera Controls for Drills.  In this article the Top Down Perspective camera mode will be reviewed and explained.  This camera mode is very similar to popular real-time strategy games.

To recap, the review of the camera modes are divided into 4 parts.  Topics for the 4 parts are:

  • Overview – Part 1 introduced basic motion options (finger-gestures and on-screen joysticks) and provided a high-level overview of each of the camera modes.
  • Pivot-In-Place and Rotate-Around-Location– Part 2 was a detailed overview of two modes that provide a very flexible overview of the drill. As a note, Pivot-In-Place is the default mode when a drill starts.
  • Follow-Player, Follow-Ball, Track-Player and Track-Ball (this article) – Part 3 explored the ‘follow’ and ‘tracking’ options. These modes facilitate focusing on specific player/ball in a complex drill.
  • Top-Down Perspective (this article) – Part 4 will cover a viewing the field in a way that will be very familiar with players of some of the most popular real-time strategy games.

 Review

The first article introduced the mechanisms available to move the camera (section Motion Controls), the way to access the camera modes (section Camera Modes Menu) and a high-level overview of the camera modes (section Camera Modes).  The content of these sections will be used as a basis of this article.  Read the first article if these concepts are unfamiliar or a refresher is needed.

The second article reviewed the functionality and operation of the Pivot In Place and Rotate Around Location camera modes.  Read the second article if these concepts are unfamiliar or a refresher is needed.

The third article reviewed the functionality and operation of the Follow-Player, Follow-Ball, Track-Player and Track-Ball camera modes.  Read the third article if these concepts are unfamiliar or a refresher is needed.

Camera Modes Menu (shown as activated)

Pressing the Top Down Perspective (see below, yellow #1) button will immediately change the camera mode.  As a result, the camera will adjust the direction it is facing to be “north” (towards the end of the field) and will adjust itself to look down towards the field at a predefined angle.

Top Down Perspective

This camera mode allows the user look down at a constant angle and move around the field.  In addition to the default camera direction, the user is able to choose the direction the camera is facing.

Activating

Activating this mode is accomplished by selecting the Top Down Perspective icon from the Camera Modes Menu.  Once selected, the Camera Direction icon will appear on the right-hand side of the screen (see below, yellow #1).  This icon displays the current direction that the camera is facing.

In addition to displaying the current camera direction, the Camera Direction icon is an activation button for selecting different directions.  Once the Camera Direction button is pressed the Camera Direction Menu will appear. READ MORE