Google Co-CEO Sergey Brin took the stage today to show off Google Glass. While on stage, he was communicating with skydivers high above the Moscone Center in San Francisco who were also wearing Google Glass prototypes. The skydivers were able to show off a fantastic first person view of not only the plane but also of San Francisco below.
They were communicating through a basic Google+ Hangout.
When the doors opened, the skydivers took off and were able to display the entire event through video being captured on their Google Glass prototypes. Fortunately, all of them safely landed on the top of the Moscone Center and we were then treated to bikers who were flying off ramps while wearing the glasses and even a guy who repelled down to the ground.
The bikers then showed up on stage completing the demo, a demo that showed off some of the real life use cases for Google’s upcoming glasses solution.
Not content with just a demo, Google also took the stage to share more details about the project.
The team started to construct the device about two and a half years ago. Over time. the designers were able to create a pair of glasses that aim to be a part of the users vision. The glasses rest above the eye so they don’t block natural vision.
Project Glass is also designed to weigh less than typical sunglasses.
The designers have aspired to design something that will allow users to capture moments when a camera isn’t available. They also want it to offer a unique point of view and allow users to access information quickly.
One of the original videos showed off a number of use cases, including:
- Checking the weather
- Checking a calendar
- Receiving and responding to a message
- Getting alerts and navigation
- Setting reminders
- Looking up a friend’s location
- Taking and sharing a photo
- Listening to music
- Taking and receiving calls
- Video chatting
Google doesn’t expect to release Project Glass to consumers until 2013 at the very earliest which means that those interested have quite awhile to go before they can replace their standard glasses with Google Project Glass.
Sergey Brin did, however, announce a Glass Explorer Edition which is a pre-order for Google Glasses that will be available to Google I/O attendees. It’s going to cost $1500 and it will start shipping out next year.