Indiana Pacers Unveil Google Glass
March 26, 2014
On Tuesday, Pacers Sports & Entertainment (PS&E) announced the inclusion of Google Glass as a new element to the in-game experience during Pacers games in Bankers Life Fieldhouse. Starting with Wednesday’s game against the Miami Heat, Pacers fans in attendance saw never-before-seen, first-person views during key moments of the 84-83 victory.
The launch of Google Glass started with Larra Overton, game night emcee, welcoming the crowd moments before the game started. As the game progressed, fans continued to see first person views from members of the Pacemates, the Pacers DJ, and Public Address Announcer Michael Grady, among others. Fans selected for on-court and seat upgrade experiences got to wear the device, too.
Grady’s vantage point during key moments of the fourth quarter created lasting memories for fans exiting The Fieldhouse.
“It was awesome how we could see the facial expressions of the refs while they were reviewing replays,” said Jason Ehret, a Pacers fan from Carmel who was in attendance. “Normally, you wait for Grady to announce the outcome. But tonight you knew the moment it was determined because you could read the ref’s lips. That’s pretty cool.”
PS&E plans to continue the launch of Google Glass during Monday’s home game against the San Antonio Spurs, layering in more features as the company grows more comfortable with the technology.
"Tonight was a lot of fun,” said Rob Laycock, Vice President of Marketing at Pacers Sports & Entertainment. “Fans got to see some unique views, we got great feedback and learned a lot from the process."
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Google Glass is essentially a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display. It provides information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format that can communicate with the Internet via voice commands. It also includes a camera that can take photos and videos in high definition. The video views are broadcast to the scoreboard in real-time via the software CrowdOptic.
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