A parachute team jumped out of a blimp wearing the glasses, then turned the spotlight over to a group of glasses-equipped BMX bikers who tore across the roof of San Francisco's Moscone Center. A rapeller finished the demo by scaling down the walls of the conference center.
The whole time, a livestream broadcast their point-of-view to attendees in the conference hall and on a Google+ hangout.
"This is pretty wild," Google cofounder Sergey Brin, wearing his own pair of Google glasses, told the standing-room-only crowd. "I've never seen that perspective before."
He later added: "I'm so glad all that worked. I wasn't really expecting it to."
The small "Project Glass" team explained how the project evolved over the past three years from a bunch of wires and computers connected to giant ski goggles to a slimmed-down form factor that weighs less than most sunglasses.
The glasses contain a powerful processor, multiple microphones, a small speaker, a camera, a number of wireless radios and a number of sensors, including gyroscopes that make the glasses "aware" of their location in the broader physical world.
But Brin and his team didn't show the crowd much of what the glasses are supposedly capable of. Though the first-person perspective was unique, even Brin admitted that it was "only part of what a computer can do."
If the glasses aren't ready to be sold, why go through such a spectacle to demonstrate them?
Brin said the crowd of developers gathered at I/O is among "the smartest and most creative in world," and the Project Glass team wants their input.
"You can help us think about new possibilities," Brin said. "We're a pretty small team, so there's only so much time to try various kinds of functionalities."
Posted by Dave at 7:25 AM
In June 2012, Google showed its vision of the future of computers, as it publicly showed off Project Glass, its so-called Google Glasses, for the first time. The glasses, if you haven't seen the demo, project digital information right in front of your eyes. They might appear to transform humans into cyborgs, but they make the computer more personal than ever before. If Google has its way, the personal computer will change. And while glasses are one way, they are not be the only way the search giant plans to change how we interact with digital information. At the Google I/O conference, it became clear: to Google, there isn't just one future personal computer. They will come in different shapes and sizes and we will interact with them differently.
Posted by Dave at 7:24 AM
Google Goggles is a downloadable image recognition application created by Google Inc. which can be currently found on the Mobile Apps page of Google Mobile. It is used for searches based on pictures taken by handheld devices. For example, taking a picture of a famous landmark would search for information about it, or taking a picture of a product's barcode will search for information on the product.
Posted by Dave at 7:03 AM