Google shows off Project Glass with skydiving live broadcast
SAN FRANCISCO, Jun 27, 2012 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
A Google product
announcement on Wednesday was "unexpectedly interrupted" by the
company's co-founder Sergey Brin in a live video chat with several
skydivers wearing Google Glass, a futuristic device being
developed by the Internet giant.
At Google's annual developer conference Google I/O in San
Francisco, Google Vice President Vic Gundotra, who was introducing
a Google+ app for tablet, was "interrupted" by Brin wearing a pair
of the forthcoming Project Glass augmented reality glasses.
Brin then started to hold a live video "Hangout" on the Google+
social networking service with a couple of Google employees who
were also wearing the glasses and flying over San Francisco in a
After chatting for a few minutes, four Googlers jumped out of
the blimp, live streaming the skydiving through their Google
glasses to the audience at Google I/O as well as people who were
watching the live broadcast online.
The skydivers landed on the roof of Moscone Center in San
Francisco, venue for the Google I/O, and delivered a box
containing a pair of the glasses to bikers who performed flips on
Mountaineers then rappel down the walls of Moscone Center with
the box, and handed it to bikers who rode into the auditorium and
delivered the glasses to Brin.
All the performers wore Project Glass smart glasses and the
whole jaw-dropping delivery process was shown in a seamless
Google+ Hangout live video chat.
In a following demo video, Google also showed how people use
the augmented reality glasses during daily activities like holding
a baby and walking around a farmers' market, and the glasses
enable users to easily capture pictures and videos of events that
is hard to get through a traditional camera.
The glasses also packs accelerometers, gyroscope, compass and
Brin said the glasses presented on Wednesday is "Explorer
Edition" and is available for pre-order to Google I/O conference
attendees in the United States at a cost of 1,500 U.S. dollars and
will ship next year.
The Google co-founder noted that it is not a consumer product
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