Here comes a changeup.
It's significantly more fun to attend a real baseball game instead of just watching it on television. But sometimes when you're sitting at the ballpark, something slightly confusing will happen on the field and it's never explained out loud. Maybe an umpire makes a call and it's not entirely clear what happened. TV broadcasts have the advantage of commentators who can explain what's going on.
That's where Blue comes in. Blue uses geolocation to figure out which ballpark you're sitting in. It knows who's playing and automatically starts presenting data to you as the game unfolds — stats for every player and pitch, even play-by-play descriptions. Watch a pitch fly by, then Blue will tell you its speed and type. Wondering what call the umpire just made or why that runner got sent back to first base? Blue will let you know.
It's okay, get up and grab another hot dog. Blue will keep delivering updates to you while you're waiting in line at the concession stand, too.
Blue is built for Google Glass™ and tested at AT&T Park in San Francisco.
Four baskets of garlic fries were harmed in the making of this product.
Glass is a trademark of Google Inc.
Glass owners, help test Blue
Update: Right now there are so many eager testers that we'd blow up some servers. Stay tuned!
Frequently asked questions
That's what the scoreboard is for, right?
Not everyone can decipher the stats on the scoreboard; information like play-by-play descriptions is intended to make following the game easier. I also plan to surface additional data that you usually don't see on the board, including those neat Pitch FX trajectory charts. Depending upon where you're sitting in the stadium, you may not even be able to see the scoreboard. I've also noticed that the pitch speed readout at AT&T Park only appears for a split second before going away to discourage pitchers from worrying about their velocity. Some of this information can be easy to miss.
Has this been tested on real Glass devices?
Doesn't that screen get in the way?
The whole point of building Blue was to present this kind of data without interrupting your view of the game. That's why it's built for Google Glass and not a smartphone, which you would have to look down at. The Glass screen is transparent and sits just outside your field of vision, even if it doesn't seem like it in the above video.
Will you be making a version for other sports?
It's difficult to find providers of free, realtime play-by-play data for sporting events. But I would certainly like to.
I'll post more updates on Twitter. Thanks!