I'm a short Italian a hair-length away from being 5-foot 9-inches tall, yet despite my height deficiency, I know what it's like to play basketball above the rim. It's not because I have an amazing vertical like Nate Robinson or, for your old school ballers, Spud Webb, both whom have won the slam dunk contest. No -- one reasons I know what it's like to play ball like a 6-footer is because the hoops are sometimes lowered at my local YMCA. The other reason is because the Sacramento Kings have teamed up with Google to use Glass on the court.
Unfortunately, players don't get to wear Glass during actual games, but they have been able to record shooting sessions hours before a game is played. In doing so, the Kings organization is able to share with fans what it looks like to dunk a basketball from the vantage point of an actual NBA player.
This is just the beginning of what the Kings have planned. By tapping into technology by San Francisco's CrowdOptic, the Kings will share with fans its feeds taken from Glass being worn by players, announcers, the team's mascots, and cheerleaders, all of which will be available during games to anyone running the app on their Glass. These feeds will also appear on TV and on the arena's JumboTron.
As it stands, the Kings own 10 pairs of Glass. As time goes on, the team plans to purchase even more, and at some point they'll even incorporate views from fans who are wearing Glass. The end game here is to allow fans to choose from the best feed(s) out of hundreds or even thousands. While that seems daunting, CrowdOptic's algorithms will help sift through them all to present arguably the best feeds for fans to cycle through.
"The fans will be in charge," said CrowdOptic CEO Jon Fisher. "They're going to see what they want to see."