While Google Glass hasn’t officially hit Australia for Glass Explorers and even Google have not announced a release date for a retail version of Glass, it seems that Telstra is launching Australia’s first dedicated sports app or ‘Glassware’ for Google Glass – AFL Glassware, advising that it will be available for fans to view the football next season, there is also an NRL version of the App in the works too.
The App, which is designed by local developer Seventh Beam will allow fans to follow live match commentary through the bone conduction speaker built-in to Glass, as well as supply text such as scores and stats through the prism display.
Telstra seems pretty proud of their accomplishment and Telstra Director Digital Media and Content, Adam Good says
AFL Glassware is about bringing fans closer to the game than they’ve ever been before. Imagine a translucent heads-up display unobtrusively positioned in your vision field, giving you real-time updates on what’s happening around the league. It will be the ultimate way to stay connected to the game with a simple glance, while staying part of the activities around you.
We love being the digital partner of the AFL. To date more than 1.7 million fans have downloaded the AFL Live App, which features live match streaming on smartphones and tablets and we believe that this development will continue to allow us to help fans connect with the game in the way that suits them best.
As you can see from the vignettes of the App in action above, there is quite a bit of information provided in the status window that will definitely be of benefit when watching a game and only shows what Glass is capable of now, but the possibilities are endless as further updates to Glass keep coming and thus we see what Google intended with the Glass Explorer program.
As Telstra also sponsors the NRL, the existence of an NRL App is also something that would be expected and Telstra have confirmed that while they can’t confirm exact timing on when it would be available, they do intend to make the technology available for both codes.
Glass is an exciting product and it’s great to see Telstra getting behind development of the technology. We can only hope that a retail version of Glass is made available in time for the launch of both the AFL and NRL season next year so that fans of both codes can take advantage of this cool app.
Dockers or Hawks, who’s your pick this weekend?