OnCore Announces Major Partnerships to Elevate the Golf Experience
Initiatives Demonstrate Company’s Continued Emphasis and Focus on Technology and User Experience
OnCore Golf Technology, a privately-held company that has introduced some of the most disruptive new technologies into the game of golf over the past several years, is excited to announce its latest partnerships with Spot Golf and Vuzix (NASDAQ: VUZI) – bringing together the most innovative approaches to merging golf, augmented reality, and entertainment. The partnership with Spot Golf will bring the exciting world of golf entertainment centers, popularized by companies including Topgolf and Drive Shack (NYSE: DS), into urban centers by introducing unique, proprietary facility designs that will offer both golf and non-golf experiences available nowhere else. The facilities will showcase OnCore Golf’s technological advancements and partnerships, including the GENiUS ball and augmented reality golf experiences with the Vuzix BladeTM glasses. Locations under study include Buffalo, NY, Knoxville, TN, Columbus, OH, and several others.
Vuzix, a leading developer of smart and augmented reality glasses, is partnering with OnCore to create instructional, entertainment, and educational programs that golfers of all skill levels can enjoy and at any venue – including driving ranges, golf entertainment centers, on the golf course, and at home. OnCore and Vuzix plan to first introduce the AR golf experience at driving ranges and practice facilities beginning early in 2019. By mid-year, the companies expect the GENiUS ball and BladeTM combination to be available for golfers to use in actual course play and will include instructional and caddying advice using a network of both professional golf instructors and artificial intelligence. The world of augmented and virtual reality has been one of the hottest sectors in recent years with companies like Magic Leap, who have received over $3 billion of venture funding in the past several years, Microsoft (Hololens), Google, and Apple all vying for a foothold in the consumer marketplace.
“The great game of golf will continue to evolve as equipment and technology advances,” offered Keith Blakely, OnCore’s CEO. “Our objective in bringing these disruptive companies together to collaborate is to generate the synergistic benefits that golfers of all skill levels can experience and enjoy, as well as enticing non-golfers to grab a club and learn the game. We are confident that these “new” experiences will actually enhance and expand interest in the more “traditional” game – an absolute win-win for the sport.”
OnCore Golf is dedicated to delivering breakthrough technology and innovation, while inspiring golfers at all skill levels and abilities. The company entered the golf ball industry through development of the first-ever commercially available USGA-conforming hollow metal core ball. The Company has since developed a growing suite of differentiated products distributed world-wide that now includes the extremely accurate CALIBER ball, the five star-rated low-compression AVANT, and the top-performing ELIXR tour ball. For more information, visit www.oncoregolf.com.
About Spot Golf
Spot Golf is a company that is reimagining the game of golf by bringing the best in golf entertainment design and technology to the market. Led by Tim Kampa, a former professional golfer and one of the first developers of a Topgolf facility in the United States, Spot Golf has now created technology and design elements to take golf entertainment to a new level for golfers and non-golfers alike. www.spotgolf.com
Vuzix is a leading supplier of Smart-Glasses and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets. The Company’s products include personal display and wearable computing devices that offer users a portable high-quality viewing experience, provide solutions for mobility, wearable displays and virtual and augmented reality. Vuzix holds 64 patents and 71 additional patents pending and numerous IP licenses in the near-eye display field.
The Company has won Consumer Electronics Show (or CES) awards for innovation for the years 2005 to 2018 and several wireless technology innovation awards among others. Founded in 1997, Vuzix is a public company (NASDAQ: VUZI) with offices in Rochester, NY; Oxford, UK; Barcelona, Spain; and Tokyo, Japan. www.vuzix.com
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