Google pulled off an audacious and risky stunt at its Google I/O conference today. It had a man sky dive from a plane onto the top of the Moscone Center, San Francisco – where the show was being held – while live streaming video from the Google Glass he was wearing.
Attendees looked on in astonishment at first at the simple feat of having a live video stream beamed from a plane above their heads but when the jumper, a freind of Sergey Brin, then jumped from the plane, there was a genuine sense of shock throughout the room.
As the skydiver successfully landed on the roof, other performers started repelling down the sides of the building, again live streaming as they went. Then it was the turn of some stunt bikers who jumped and flipped about, sending everyone rather dizzy.
The culmination was all the performers arriving on stage to deliver a package – the new Google Project Glass prototype. The new version is lighter and more compact, to the point where you’d possibly, maybe, just about.. be seen in public with it, but essentially it still performs the same duty – providing a headsup display of the world around you. It’s still clever, though remains some way off being a final product.