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What Happens When You Give NFL Players Google Glass?

"I can easily see that someday being on a helmet ..."

There are many advantages Google's new futuristic glasses -- simply called Glass -- could serve in the NFL.

Allowing players to record video in practice could show coaches just what those on the field are seeing, potentially improving techniques and strategies. Fans could benefit too by getting a player-perspective that makes them feel like they're in the hot seat playing quarterback or wide receiver. Or what if it is someday used during games to communicate with teammates or coaches.

ESPN recently took the technology, not yet available to the mainstream public, to the St. Louis Rams practice field to test it out on players.

Rams wide receive Tavon Austin trying out the specs. (Image: YouTube screenshot)

What an incoming pass looks like from Austin's perspective. (Image: YouTube screenshot)

Check it out the footage:

When it comes to getting info from coaches via Glass alerts, Tavon Austin said "it would be a lot" with all that's going on during active play. Point-of-view practice footage though, the players said, might carve out a useful space for Glass on the team.

"I can easily see that someday being on a helmet and people at home, people in the stadium seeing what the player's seeing," Rams General Manager Les Snead said in the video. "That view of Sam [Bradford] and what he's looking at, it's going to help the quarterback, all people involved go 'hey, look, this is what I saw.'"

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(H/T: Gizmodo)



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