Among its many announcements today at the kickoff keynote of Google I/O 2012, co-founder Sergey Brin interrupted a Google+ Events demonstration to show off Project Glass in action, and it doesn’t get more action packed than this. Brin spoke with and we all watched a live Google+ Hangout where a group of skydivers jump out of a plane above the Moscone Center in California. After landing on the roof, a group of stunt bikers went over some ramps in real-time (we could see their POV), then another group of people repelled down the side of the building, and finally more bikers rode right through the crowds to deliver a Project Glass prototype right to Brin. The event was adhoc, and Brin repeatedly said it might not work, but went off smoothly.
Project Glass is Google’s prototype high-tech eyewear which will let you perform many phone-like actions right from your face. Today, the big feature demonstrated was live Web chatting and photography. Not much else was shown or revealed about the new glasses except that they will probably come in different colors and form factors, including some that go over glasses.
US attendees of Google I/O may get a chance to try out Project Glass before any of us. Though Brin said that the glasses are not yet consumer devices, he announced that attendees will be able to order a prototype of the glasses for $1,500, which will ship early next year.
“It’s going to be something we’d like to get in hands of people who are really passionate about it,” said Brin (quote from ArsTechnica). It’s going to be rough around the edges, so “you have to want to be on the bleeding edge, and that’s what this is designed for.”
There are a ton of questions about Project Glass, but we can safely say that Google is extremely excited about it. Few products are shown this early into development. Brin reached out to developers as well, hoping they will get on board (in some capacity) now and help Google figure out what ways people want to use these glasses. No window for an actual release has been announced.
Originally posted 6/28/2012
UPDATE 6/28/2012: Video of the event is on YouTube now.