What happens when one of the greatest male tennis players in the history of the sport tries on the smart headset?
The answer, according to the video posted to Federer's official YouTube account on Wednesday, is a quick game with equally legendary Stefan Edberg. And even though the film is short, and the athletes are playing for the cameras (including those integrated into Google Glass), thanks to the point-of-view footage, there is a sense of how fast that ball comes hurtling over the net and how quickly a shot needs to be selected and made in order to put it back in the opponent's court.
This is not the first time that Google Glass has dabbled with tennis. Last year, US player Bethanie Mattek-Sands made headlines when she revealed that she would be wearing Glass to Wimbledon.
The world number 58 wore the headset during practice sessions and while out and about at the tournament but never actually played a competitive match in Southwest London while sporting the specs.
A year later, Google is moving swiftly up the rankings -- Federer is currently ranked fourth in the world -- as its headset gets closer to a full public launch.
On May 14, Google Glass became available for anyone in the U.S. to buy -- a snip at US$1,500 -- as its developers continue to iron out creases and get it ready for a global retail launch.
At the same time, the company is working to reverse commonly held misconceptions about the device to make sure that early adopters don't feel stigmatized by the headset but also to make sure that users show some sort of respect and decorum when out and about in public and wearing Glass.
Watch the video: http://youtu.be/9Eabp3Jpy-I