This Is the Secret Behind the Google Glasses Skydiving Demonstration

By Mario Aguilar on at

Don't get me wrong: I thought Google's Project Glass demo yesterday was really fun, and the product interests me a lot. However, I feel there's something that needs to be said here: the image above shows what the whole Google's skydivers-with-eyeglass-webcam demonstration is all about: antennas. Yes, it's a great demo for wireless Cisco routers and antennas.

That's the roof of the Moscone Center in San Francisco, where yesterday's event was held. And that's Sergey Brin. And those dudes are pointing antennas at the skydivers. Here's how it works:

1. Skydivers wearing glorified miniaturised webcams mounted on fake eyeglasses and connected to wi-fi antennas jump off an aircraft.

2. Dudes on the ground keep parabolic antennas pointing at them, catching their video signal and showing it on screen while Sergey Brin and a thousand fandroids go oh-wow-wow.

3. Profit?

No more, no less. You have seen this already on TV a hundred times, just using normal cameras. You can exchange the Google glasses for some Ray Bans with a camera attached to it, and it will be the same thing. Or just use a GoPro (incidentally, the skydivers are wearing wingsuits with the GoPro logo all over them).

Now, if you are telling me that you are excited about Project Glass, then yeah, me too! But the fact is that this whole stunt—which Google repeated again today!—is just a demo of wireless technology, a nerdy thing that has been done a hundred thousand times already.

Imagine that: video transmitted wireless through antennas. It's the future!

Photo by Matt Buchanan/FWD