At this year’s NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic used the second overall pick to select former Indiana University guard Victor Oladipo. For Oladipo, this day at the draft represented the fulfillment of a life-long dream. And thanks to Google Glass, we get to experience a lot of that special day for ourselves.
In a move that made the headlines of USA Today, Sports Illustrated and ESPN, Carrot Creative, Google, Thuzio and The Verge teamed up and got Oladipo to wear Google Glass for the two days leading up to the NBA Draft, as well as the day of the draft itself.
The above video was put together by The Verge to chronicle the experience, and accompanied a more detailed article that reads a tiny bit like a Google Glass ad. Whether or not this was a marketing stunt — Carrot Creative has made it clear that there was no official agreement between them and Google — Glass earned Oladipo a lot of attention and gave NBA fans and tech geeks alike something to watch.
Unfortunately, an NBA official did ultimately approach Oladipo and ask him to remove Glass, and so we didn’t get to catch POV footage of him actually shaking NBA Commissioner David Stern’s hand, but the experiment (if you’ll allow us to call it that) shows yet another potential use for this wearable computer/camera.
Check out the video at the top to see a sort of highlight reel of the experience, and be sure to head over to The Verge for more in-depth coverage.