Ever wanted to see the world or, more specifically, the football field, through the eyes of a quarterback? How about a wide receiver?
Well, a recent visit from Katie Linendoll, the tech contributor on ESPN, will give you a chance to do just that through the vision of the latest technology from Google.
The innovative technology company has been testing it’s latest invention known as Google Glass to a select group of people. Google Glass is essentially a wearable computer that can be worn like a pair of glasses but provides the capability to do so much more.
In their on-going efforts to be on the cutting edge of technology, the Rams invited Linendoll to St. Louis to give Rams receiver Tavon Austin and quarterback Sam Bradford the chance to try out Google Glass while working on some routes after a recent practice.
The Rams are the first team to work with Google Glass, an experience that took some getting used to for Austin but ultimately left him impressed.
“Pretty much it just tracks everything you see out there,” Austin said. “It was pretty cool. It would be hard to put in a helmet with how much banging and running around you are doing but as far as the quarterback position, I think it would be helpful.”
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The Google Glass computer attached to a pair of glasses and then opens up a whole world of possibilities for Austin and Bradford. Through simple voice commands, the computer allows the user to take pictures of exactly what they are seeing through the lenses as well as normal computer-related tasks such as checking e-mail and calling up applications.
“You can go on YouTube, you can bring up your email, there is so much stuff you can do on there,” Austin said.
While the product is technically still in development, it’s seemingly endless possibilities could prove useful down the road for NFL teams looking to find new ways to study what they do and record what they see.
As it continues to evolve, it’s possible players could find ways to incorporate it to do more. Of course, Austin did his best to do what he does to give fans a look at how he moves but admitted that he didn’t want to mess around too much with such a fancy and new piece of equipment.
“It was kind of weird (wearing it),” Austin said, laughing. “I didn’t want to make too many moves and fall on my face and break it or something so I had to slow it down a little bit.”
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