Technology has completely changed the way we watch sports. From the advent of HD televisions and DVRs to skycams hovering over the field and the ability to watch sports in 3D, sitting down to watch your favorite team is no longer something you casually do with a bag of stale salty chips and a flat soda pop.
Google Glass is advancing the sporting experience even further. The high tech specs have made their way into the world of professional sports, and the results are pushing boundaries, to say the least. The latest cameras bring us as close as possible to the on-field action, but until now we have not seen the game from the player’s point of view. That’s changing. Check out the five videos below to learn why Google Glass and sports might be a perfect match.
Julian Edelman Returns Punts
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The New England Patriots wide receiver/punt returner donned Google Glass in practice to show fans what it’s like to catch and return a punt. From Edelman’s point of view, the football comes in hot, rotating toward him much faster than it looks on the television screen. Think about how cool it would be to watch something like Percy Harvin’s Super Bowl kickoff return for a touchdown from Harvin’s POV?
Roy Hibbert Practices
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The Pacers suffered another predictable end to their NBA Playoff run, and Roy Hibbert morphed into a ghost too many times during the post-season; but seeing how the big fella practices from the perspective of the 7-foot behemoth is a blast. Hibbert shows us what it looks like to rebound, put up floaters and throw down dunks when you’re a gigantic human being.
Roger Federer Hits Around
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One of the best tennis players ever shares his point of view during practice. The video is a little shaky, and it doesn’t show nearly enough from Federer’s point of view, but you get a sense of how clean his strokes are and how he places the ball exactly where he wants it, every time, like a tennis-playing robot.
Sacramento Kings Fan Experience
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The Kings are attempting to do something next-level for fans who rock Google Glass at the arena. Kings players will wear the glasses during warm-ups, and any fan wearing Google Glass in the stands will be able to tune in to a specific player’s feed and check out his viewpoint as he prepares for tip-off. If the company behind it, CrowdOptic, can work out the kinks, the Kings’ new Sleep Train Arena might soon be filled with tech nerds.
Baseball Fan App
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Forget about bringing a scorecard or being that weird fan who listens to the radio broadcast of the game while watching it live at the ballpark. Google Glass’s baseball app will feed you tons of information about what’s happening on the field in front of you in real time. Pitch speed, results from previous at-bats and stats all appear in the right-hand corner, so when he inevitably asks, you can tell your father the exact batting average of that obscure prospect your team just called up.