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Google Glass at the ballpark is … cool

Sep 13, 2013, 6:00 PM EDT

This is a commercial, yes, but as a demonstration of how Google Glass can work at the ballpark, it almost makes me want to go out and get a pair.  Maybe once they’ve come out with a horned-rim model so as to not mess up with my personal brand:

  1. tebowspeech - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Or you could just look at one of the giant scoreboards that already has all that information…

    • Reflex - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:22 PM

      While valid, you seem to misunderstand the point. By looking at the giant scoreboard instead of wearing your glasses you miss out on the opportunity for Google to catalogue your life and productize your existence into a nice package to sell to others, whether it be corporations, advertisers, or governments. Your desire to maintain a centralized scoring system open to all with no strings attached runs counter to the obvious benefit of granting access to your personal life to an unaccountable corporate entity and all they choose to interact with.

    • nderdog - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:33 PM

      Yes, you can do that. You can not do that without taking your eyes off of the game, though. As I recall from my last visit to the ballpark, the information is relatively scattered around the park (other scores in one area, pitch speed elsewhere, player stats on the jumbotron, etc.) and it’s not all that easy to keep track of the game and all of the interesting tidbits at the same time. Not saying that I plan on rushing out to pick these up or anything, but to imply that it doesn’t have any value at all is a bit disingenuous.

      • Reflex - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:42 PM

        I don’t know about your park, but Safeco Field has most of the stats listed on the commercial(and a few not listed) in multiple locations around the playing field. Its easy to see what happened without missing any action. Granted not every field is necessarily that nice, but that’s an argument for fields upgrading their scoreboard layout, not an argument for fans all paying out for several hundred dollar life tracking glasses.

      • paperlions - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:51 PM

        You still have to take your eyes off of the game to look at the info in the corner…doesn’t matter if you move your head or your eyes, you are still looking at information and not the action. You don’t realize it, but you can actually only focus on things you are looking directly at….which is why to read you have to actually look directly at the words.

      • nderdog - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:23 PM

        As luck would have it, Safeco Field just happens to be where I watched a couple Pirates games this year. Maybe it was seat location or being too close to the field or something, but there was no way I could see the information without turning completely away from the game in progress. I missed more than one play because I was trying to find out how many pitches King Felix had or how fast Melancon’s pitch was, let alone trying to keep up on other scores around the league.

      • jm91rs - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:41 PM

        Baseball is an incredibly slow sport, even with a fast moving pitcher there is plenty of time to look at the board between pitches. The technology is cool, but it’s not something necessary for most at a ballpark these days.

      • Reflex - Sep 13, 2013 at 7:44 PM

        Um, how did you miss the black scoreboards that line the middle deck all the way around?

        Check the black boards in this image: http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=safeco+field+images&qpvt=safeco+field+images&FORM=IGRE#view=detail&id=F33530869CAB590B39CEB733086F1B1E9BF0A800&selectedIndex=47

        Those show the score, current hitter stats, current pitcher stats, pitch speed, ball/strike count pretty much continuously at multiple locations all the way around except the outfield where there is a gigantic scoreboard. If you missed the pertinent info while watching the game I have no idea what to say, its all there. You can look in almost every direction from almost any seat and see what’s going on with everyone involved in the play.

  2. skerney - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:26 PM

    Brandon Belt is good at baseball.

  3. phuckphilly99 - Sep 13, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    I’ve seen the future. I can’t afford it.

  4. Stiller43 - Sep 13, 2013 at 8:36 PM

    Take your eyes off the game? Theres 40 seconds inbetween each pitch…if you cant look at a scoreboard and go “……oh….his whip is 1.15……….okay…….” And look back down to the game before a pitch goes, youve got serious problems.

  5. dremmel69 - Sep 13, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Here’s a suggestion: Equip the umpires with this technology…..immediately! Just think of the possibilities:

    – Umpires would know that others can review exactly what they saw (or failed to see) on the field.
    – Bird’s-eye view of confrontations with managers or players! This feature alone makes this idea worthwhile.
    – Plus, they could ask Google Glass for help in making calls! “Google Glass, was that a home run or fan interference?”

    Please, please, please make umpires wear Google Glass…….

    • dondada10 - Sep 13, 2013 at 10:49 PM

      That makes way too much sense. Stop it.

    • mornelithe - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:02 AM

      Aww damn, I posted the same thing below lol, didn’t even notice your comment. I agree completely.

  6. mornelithe - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:54 AM

    You know, this raises a rather interesting point. Couldn’t MLB provide Google Glasses, or a Google Glass like device that gives Umps a HUD that automatically analyzes a players height and super-imposes a view of the strike zone and the balls trajectory into his field of view?

    It’d be a happy medium between taking the strike/ball calls from the Umps and making a robotic solution, it’d keep them in the game, they’d still be calling the balls and strikes, and so on.

  7. ch0psuey - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:32 AM

    Another reason for humans to ignore one another. “Oh..Hi, no just looking at my google glass”

    • js20011041 - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:58 AM

      Can’t be any worse than people who use their phones with the blue tooth ear piece. That can make for some awkward moments.

  8. nananatman - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    First person to aim Google Glass at me gets punched in the eye. Voy-Toy.

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