Google has shown off its Project Glass – a.k.a. Google Glass – at an awesome demo at the Google I/O conference in Moscone West Center in San Francisco.
It wasn’t an ordinary demonstration, however, as you may have gathered from us describing it as “awesome”. Project Glass was demonstrated by extreme sports athletes using live feed from the eyewear through a Google+ Hangout.
The first leg of the demonstration started when Google cofounder went up on stage touting a “time-sensitive” presentation. Brin jokingly said that people have seen “slick” and “robust” demonstrations at the conference but this next presentation is “going to be nothing like that”. He said that it could go wrong in “about 500 different ways” then proceeding to ask if people wanted to see a demonstration of Google Glass to the crowd’s applause.
It wasn’t slick but it was sure awesome. What happened next was that a pair of Project Glass eyewear was to be delivered to the stage from an aircraft about a mile above Moscone. It was delivered to Brin by people who jumped out of planes, rode bikes and rappelled down the walls of the Moscone West Center. (Watch the video below, preferably in HD.)
What this demonstrates to us is that Google may be further along than we might have guessed them to be regarding Project Glass. Some may say that the demonstration only proved that Project Glass can be used as a real-time broadcasting tool and that that can already be done with present technologies.
However, that’s just one side feature of Project Glass and to pull it off without a hitch is something. The whole crew which delivered the eyewear to the Google cofounder were broadcasting live the whole time through Google+. As proof that the technology works in this capacity, the demo is certainly convincing.
Nonetheless, we’d love to hear your thoughts after the break and after you watched the video.