The notion of wearing a cloud computer like Google Glass on your face has been met with varying degrees of enthusiasm and ridicule, but no one has denied the device's facility for capturing important moments in life from a first-person perspective. Now the WNBA, the female division of the National Basketball Association (NBA), has decided to deploy its own version first-person camera to referees for live games.
Developed by Broadcast Sports, Inc., the Ref Cam offers 1080i resolution and has a mini transmitter that can be operated remotely by editors in the control room. In addition to the head-mounted camera, the referee also wears a vest containing other components of the system. The device was debuted this weekend at a WNBA game featuring the Phoenix Mercury and the Indiana Fever.
In an interview with ESPN, WNBA president Laurel Richie said, "the use of ref cam certainly offered a previously unseen point of view that really brought viewers into the action, adding a whole new visual and audio component to the experience." The device affords viewers a first-person, high-definition view of the action that is so immersive that it could very well become the standard in other sports leagues in coming years. You can see the Ref Cam in action the video below.