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Sacramento Kings to wear Google Glass during an upcoming NBA contest against Indiana

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Sacramento Kings to wear Google Glass during an upcoming NBA contest against Indiana
With the Sacramento Kings mired in last place, the players and the fans of the team might not have much to look forward to during the second half of the season. We're not talking about LeBron and the Miami Heat here, folks. So to drum up some publicity for the team, it was recently announced that some Kings players will don a pair of Google Glass during an upcoming game.

Before you start getting the image in your head of players like Demarcus Cousins running all over the court wearing the connected specs, the players will not be wearing the device while on the floor. The Kings will wear the specs while sitting on the bench. Using technology from CrowdOptic, the fans at Sleep Train Arena will be able to view what players on the bench are seeing by looking at the giant Jumbotron scoreboard. Those not in the arena will be able to view the same images during the television broadcast of the game, and on smartphones.

The game chosen for the experiment will be played January 24th in Sacramento, as the Kings take on the team with the best record in the east, the Indiana Pacers. CrowdOptic officials see this as the beginning of a new trend for NBA teams and the company is currently negotiating with the league for the content created from Glass.

"The investment is for the long-term, and it's the very first footage anyone has so close to the game. There really is a strong interest in building this out."-Jim Kovach, head of business development, CrowdOptic

Sacramento produced a trailer for the event, showing the introductions and warm-ups from a previous game, through the eyes of various Kings players. Check it out by clicking on the video below.

source: PCMag

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posted on 19 Jan 2014, 22:29 3

1. reckless562 (banned) (Posts: 1153; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)

i wana see sum Dunking with a google glass on!!! that would be sweeeet!!!!!

oh yea......First :D

posted on 19 Jan 2014, 23:19 2

2. Killertech2099 (Posts: 148; Member since: 28 Sep 2013)

Sucks they can't actively move around with it, using it while just on a bench is a nice view but that would be awesome to see a first person dunk. Can't wait to see it in action!

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 22:18

7. Nexus_bear (Posts: 32; Member since: 19 Nov 2013)

The owner of Qualcomm has a large stake in the Kings and the upcoming arena is drafted with some major technology... so in the future seeing Glass in action may be a reality ( if somewhat marring the sport)... or maybe he could just buy some better players and keep the game somewhat human.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 00:29 1

3. techloverNYC (Posts: 601; Member since: 20 Nov 2012)

What happen to the rumor about NBA ref wearing these glasses? I really want to see the view of the ref who called foul, when we the ppl can clearly see a flop in progress. Please NBA made them ref wear these glasses and made flop stop!

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 05:46

4. elocom (banned) (Posts: 36; Member since: 10 Jan 2014)

they cannot see without glasses?

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 09:10

5. JewBakaUCFG (Posts: 176; Member since: 25 Sep 2012)

So, we can get a great side-line view of the Kings getting demolished by the best team in the East.

posted on 20 Jan 2014, 14:56

6. downphoenix (Posts: 3165; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)

the NBA really needs a salary cap implemented. Teams like Sacramento Kings that are in tertiary markets will always get screwed over otherwise to teams that can spend due to bigger ticket revenues.

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