The Sacramento Kings are surely trying to keep pace with the modern tech world.
Just a few days after becoming the first professional sports team to make digital currency Bitcoin an accepted form of payment at their retail store, they have now announced that some of their players, cheerleaders, announcers and the mascot will be sporting Google Glasses in an NBA clash with the Indiana Pacers on January 24.
The news was broken by the Kings’ co-owner Vivek Ranadive himself via a YouTube video titled “Kings Go Glass” that he shared on Twitter last week. The video can be found up top.
Testing complete! Kings ready to Go Glass on 1/24 vs the Pacers. See the game from an entirely new perspective. http://t.co/Ec3OA6RCz2— Vivek Ranadivé (@Vivek) January 17, 2014
These series of progressive decisions by the Kings doesn’t surprise anyone as Ranadive is a software engineer and a veteran technology man.
Anyway, coming back to the Google Glass thing, how would it contribute to the game? Well, the plan is to give the fans a ‘unique perspective,’ by which they probably mean a new camera angle. The players would probably have to take them off in game, which might take some shine off the whole concept, but still, it’s a start.
The day when we’d get to see first person view of sportsmen playing the game a la video games isn’t far.