Google at the day 2, today, just did a special kind of demo of its Project Glass. "I'm very proud of the talented skydivers, mountain bikers and rappellers we worked with to push technology limits while showing the amazing potential of Project Glass," posted Sergey Brin.
"The aerial footage was captured on Glass. The higher fidelity footage was recorded locally on the "Project Glass" device whereas the hangouts were live streamed at a much lower resolution because of the challenges of networking a skydiver inflight." " Because we were unable to get regular wifi (which is built into Glass) to work under those conditions, we had to use extra networking gear which was tethered via usb to the device," Brin posted.
Check out one of their practice jumps.
Google Glass is real and will soon be shipping. Brin announced that Google Glass dubbed "Glass Explorer Edition," is now available to Google I/O attendees at $1,500 only for the US.
The device will not ship until next year. is available for pre-ordering. Brin explained that there are some regulatory issues to resolve prior to International shipping.
He said, that core Google apps like Gmail and Plus (Hangouts) are being tested now along with Android apps. Brin also said that Google still doesn't know all the use cases of Google Glass, and that the company is still building not only the product, but also the philosophy behind Glass.
Speaking of ship dates, Brin says the consumer version will ship within a year of when the Explorer Editions ship. Developers will have access to a cloud-based API that is "pretty far along."
Also, Recon Instruments best known for its goggle mods, which put an Android computer inside a heads up display that provides alpine skiers and snowboarder with all kinds of useful information such as speed, navigation and location, among others -- announced the "HUD SDK."
The HUD SDK turns the device into a platform letting third parties write their own apps.
Tyson Miller in the video explains what the HUD SDK means for the company, its customers, developers and future products: