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Rams trying out Google Glass technology on practice fields

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NFL teams are constantly trying to find new ways of understanding the game of football to get an edge on Sundays. Whether it’s countless hours spent in the film room studying team’s tendencies or even new-age statistical analytics, if something can provide even a miniscule advantage, teams will look to prosper from it.

The St. Louis Rams are experimenting with a new piece of technology on the field in hopes of finding just such an advantage.

According to ESPN.com, the Rams have been working with Google Glass technology recently in an effort to get a better idea for what players are actually seeing on the field. The technology allows players to don the glasses and record and save video. Quarterback Sam Bradford and receiver Tavon Austin demonstrate the ways the technology can be utilized on the field.

Rams general manager Les Snead even envisioned the possibility of the technology being incorporated into the helmets in able to give fans the ability to see what a player saw on a given play during the games.

It’s not the first time coaches have looked to find a way to gain perspective on the field. Video cameras have also been used to see what a player is looking at. The University of Washington put a camera on the helmet of quarterback Keith Price for their spring football game two years ago. However, the equipment is a bit more bulky than the lightweight glasses by Google.

As far as we’re concerned, anything that gives people more access to the sport is a good thing.

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35 Responses to “Rams trying out Google Glass technology on practice fields”
  1. mataug says: Jul 16, 2013 1:29 AM

    I think the line of scrimmage will be automatically rated R.

  2. fumblenuts says: Jul 16, 2013 1:31 AM

    “The technology allows players to don the glasses and record and save video.”

    I wonder what Belichick is thinking??

  3. sbdt says: Jul 16, 2013 1:48 AM

    Hundreds of millions of dollars in head injury lawsuits… let’s add some broken glass into the mix.

    Must be a remnant of the aborted Gregg Williams era.

  4. rg3rings says: Jul 16, 2013 1:57 AM

    I see glasses being a liability during an actual game, obviously.
    But I imagine owners, in their never-ending quest to get fans in their billion dollar stadiums, figuring out a way to incorporate the tech into the plexiglass visors, and showing the qb vision or rb’s perspective on the big screens. And that might actually be worth paying to see.

  5. rg3rings says: Jul 16, 2013 2:15 AM

    I see glasses being a liability during an actual game, obviously.
    But I imagine owners, in their never-ending quest to get fans in their billion dollar stadiums, figuring out a way to incorporate the tech into the plexiglass visors, and showing the qb vision or rb’s perspective on the big screens. And that might actually be worth paying to see.

  6. abreathofsanity says: Jul 16, 2013 2:26 AM

    I loved playing madden 98 with the helmet cam, maybe we will see if romo sees imaginary recievers.

  7. issa1100 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:31 AM

    look out for the new qb “vision cam” on primetime games

  8. thestrategyexpert says: Jul 16, 2013 3:13 AM

    Obviously a precursor to the Rams moving to Mountain View where Google is located to be the “Google Exponentials”.

  9. joenash72 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:20 AM

    One of the prettiest sights ever was when I was working in construction a couple years ago and saw them demolishing Husky Stadium :-)

    GO COUGS!!!!!!!

    The new stadium will be nice, though. They got rid of the track, moved seats closer to the field.

  10. kdsr382013 says: Jul 16, 2013 4:37 AM

    Not a Rader Fan, but a Bay Area Resident (guess who my team is?). I would imagine dropping 10-15,00 seats below the NFL avg. stadium capacity is worth it, as long as it doesn’t involve a scenario where Cespedes is still knocking homers over the Black Hole at week 4 of the regular season. The baseball diamond thats usually there for the first 1/4 of the season looks terrible and is an injury hazzard unlike too many others.

  11. footballfan84 says: Jul 16, 2013 6:46 AM

    Interesting.

  12. 4grammarpolice says: Jul 16, 2013 7:02 AM

    In a related story, the Patriots are working on a technology that can hack into the Google Glasses of other teams.

  13. olhoss1884 says: Jul 16, 2013 7:03 AM

    Imagine, though it would be a cumbersome process, if this technology could be added to replay reviews. You might get some seriously close up views and new angles on really close plays.

  14. tapasia says: Jul 16, 2013 7:05 AM

    So you outfit Sam with Google Glass glasses so the fans can get a good look at the top of the dome?

  15. kane337 says: Jul 16, 2013 7:15 AM

    Google > Apple

  16. scottyjoints says: Jul 16, 2013 7:28 AM

    The old world league was using helmet cams in game in the early 90′s already.

  17. securb2013 says: Jul 16, 2013 7:35 AM

    Maybe the Rams should just try using Goggle and searching for “How to win a football game”

  18. learysdisciples says: Jul 16, 2013 7:41 AM

    Neerrrrds!–Ogre

  19. akismet-0c14ea60b2b6b87ec3ba270d713cb416 says: Jul 16, 2013 7:42 AM

    I take it they have never heard of GoPro cameras.

  20. faithful209er says: Jul 16, 2013 7:48 AM

    That would be pretty sweet if they had those shots on tv!

  21. patriotsfanfromindia says: Jul 16, 2013 7:50 AM

    but, but… sj39 and that other Rams fan would want us to believe that Rams just need to ask Belichick for all the videos of the practices and walkthroughs. SMH!

  22. MDSisAtool says: Jul 16, 2013 7:52 AM

    We have come quite a long way from leather helmets, haven’t we?

  23. jblah says: Jul 16, 2013 7:54 AM

    This is cool. I don’t know if I would want to see that during a game broadcast though. But I think it would be tremendous help not only in the professional level but also at the high school and college levels where the true ability of a player is being developed.

  24. johndont says: Jul 16, 2013 8:01 AM

    I can’t wait to get my glasses so I can see my girlfriend – Tao

  25. furrycupchamp says: Jul 16, 2013 8:02 AM

    Didn’t the World Football League put video cameras on their helmets?

  26. umainebearman says: Jul 16, 2013 8:10 AM

    That sounds pretty amazing especially if fas had access to star players POV. Maybe it would give hind sight fans a better idea why the qb didn’t throw it there or how little time it take Ware, Allen, or JPP to get to the qb. Would love to see a game through Peyton Manning, Tom Brady or Rodgers eyes or maybe even AP or Calvin Johnson.

  27. joejen4614 says: Jul 16, 2013 8:29 AM

    Remember the XFL? The USFL? They were doing this years ago! (Cameras in helmets during live games)

  28. trollingforjustice says: Jul 16, 2013 8:34 AM

    Bill Belichick still has the frequency codes on the Rams
    video machines..he is watching also

  29. w0rkh0lic1 says: Jul 16, 2013 9:17 AM

    Of course the first comment would be a poorly thought out SpyGate jab…. Apparently even the passage of YEARS wont allow people to just drop it. I wonder if all those people still clinging to SpyGate still call up their high school girlfriends whenever they get drunk?

    I’m most curious what the leagues stance will be regarding players wearing the google glasses during games? I could see that as a tool teams might want to incorporate into their film study. Does anyone know if there is a specific rule that would prevent teams from incorporating this technology in any way? I would love to see this tested during preseason to give the viewers at home a reason to watch preseason football. Watching a play unfold from the view of the QB, or a MLB? I know the TV ratings would improve.

  30. The Prophet says: Jul 16, 2013 10:04 AM

    Just remind them to take the Google glasses off before they go to take a dump.

  31. nananatman says: Jul 16, 2013 10:21 AM

    First person that aims a Google Glass at me is getting punched in the face. They’re gonna have to pull that Glass out of your frontal lobe with tweezers.

  32. randomcommenter says: Jul 16, 2013 10:46 AM

    This means google will sell the Rams info like they sell everybody else’s who uses them.

    I picture Tavon Austin streaking downfield about to catch the game winner as we watch through his google glass, the ball getting near, we see his hands reaching out and then…

    And ad to refinance his mortgage blocks the screen, the ball drops through his fingers, and all of St Louis switches to Bing.

  33. datageek94 says: Jul 16, 2013 10:59 AM

    I’d like to see two things:
    The live-action view of Sanchez’ butt-fumble.
    Opposing team players checking out the Redskins’ cheerleaders during the game.

  34. castlelong1 says: Jul 16, 2013 2:10 PM

    Look up the video taping rule. After the part where it says never is the part about a room with a roof and walls. Does a helmet qualify as a room?

  35. stevemolohon says: Jul 17, 2013 12:11 AM

    Better to put them on defensive players so you get the impact feel of James Laurinitis laying some smackdown

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