Okay, if you make this Google ‘Project Glass’ video full screen and high-def, it might be a little barfy, so don’t say we at Techland never pass along friendly motion-sickness disclaimers. But yes, if you click “play” on the video up top, you too can watch what it looks like to video yourself jumping and flipping on a trampoline while wearing glasses that apparently somehow bolt to your skull. I don’t know what’s more impressive: the eye-level video view, or the fact that this obvious Cirque du Soleil standby doesn’t totally biff it.
Google software engineer and Project Glass tech lead Max Braun screened the footage at the Google+ Photographer’s Conference in San Francisco, which just wrapped earlier this week (May 22-23). The full presentation is over an hour, but the part where Braun takes the stage (at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts) to demo the glasses starts at the 48 minute mark in the video below.
After cycling through a few previously seen still pictures of the glasses in action and demonstrating the unique vantages the glasses can capture, Braun offered a brief 15 second glimpse of what Project Glass looks like recording video — in this case, taken by someone jumping on a trampoline.
“This one makes us a little queasy, but our prototype nailed what it’s like to be on a trampoline,” wrote the company on its Project Glass’s Google+ page, where it’s also hosting the 15 second clip.
In the presentation, Braun describes Project Glass as being about “having technology be there when you want it, and being out of the way when you don’t.” He also notes that the quality of the images is “constantly improving.” If you want to see additional snaps of Google employees field-testing the glasses (mostly to see what sort of fashion statement these things make), Google has an album up here.
Could you do any of this with a cellphone or digital camera? Sure. Also: not easily.
How long until Google brings these things to market? Who knows, and this February 2012 report from the New York Times is a little dated, but in it, the Times noted several Google employees had said the glasses could go on sale yet this year and would cost “around the price of current smartphones,” which probably means around $600 to $800, unsubsidized.