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.

35 responses to “Rams trying out Google Glass technology on practice fields

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

    I wonder what Belichick is thinking??

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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?

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