The influence that technology has on modern sporting events is both fascinating and worrisome. Sports are supposed to be fun. And bringing what’s essentially a new toy to the game would seem like an automatic benefit. However, at the same time there’s issues with people gaining unfair advantages or even changing the nature of the game. There’s been concern recently about the impact which Google Glass might have on may competitive events. In particular, competitive archery seems like it might have to confront Google Glass as a threat.
However, at the moment people on both sides of the argument don’t have much to worry about. When people think of Google Glass, it’s usually in the sense of a dynamic augmented reality powerhouse. In reality, Google Glass has a fairly limited display and even more limited processing ability. The biggest concern people have is that it will allow one to get instant targeting advice through the built in sensors.
There’s some legitimate concern there. In particular, it can offer instant advice about surrounding conditions. Inside, one might not really need to factor in the weather. When outside, information about wind conditions can be important. However, at the same time this is something that anyone with a smartphone can already do. Or, when one gets down to it, anyone with a finger they can hold up to the wind can do the same.
The larger concern of the sensors giving complex targeting advice is something which will need to be faced. However, it’s also fairly far in the future. At the moment, Google Glass isn’t up to the dynamic augmented reality features which one would need to get a significant advantage within competitive archery. In fact, one trying to leverage the current hardware into such a task might find their performance limited. It would be a bit like trying to compete based on someone’s description of the environment rather than using one’s own eyes.
Ironically, it’s not the visual display which has the most potential for an archer. Instead, the best use of Google Glass for an archer might come down to the motion sensors. It might server an archer well to get instant feedback about their stance and movement. When one is trying to be still, it can be important to get feedback about movement. This might serve to help people detect and deal with issues in their stance. However, at the moment Google Glass is mostly suited to these types of training activities. It’s not quite there for real-time augmentation.