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Google boggles with Goggles demo

Skydiving show offs
Thu Jun 28 2012, 10:59
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GOOGLE GAVE VISITORS to its I/O Conference something of a treat yesterday, a video of some people falling out of a plane.

This sort of thing would normally be shocking. But it wasn't just a casual waste of life, rather it was a demonstration of the sort of features that Google's Project Glass, or the internet connected Google Goggles, will offer.

In the video a bunch of skydivers threw themselves out of the plane while wearing the goggles and shared the view and the experience with the audience at a Google+ hangout.

Judging by the video of the event it was a rather impressive spectacle. But the hardware and technology are still in their early days. Although Google quotes a price of $1,500, the glasses are aimed squarely at developers and will not reach them until next year.

"We are always pushing the limits of our technology, and Project Glass is no exception. It is designed to help you live in the moment -- even when you're falling from the sky," says a Google+ post from the Project Glass team.

"We're still in early development days, but at Google I/O this morning we wanted to do a product demo in a way we'd never tried before. We worked with some of the world's top athletes, combined skydiving and mountain biking, and shared the experience - through their eyes - with the world." µ


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