Live radio - through Google Glass

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Phew - we've just come off air after our weekly World Service radio programme Tech Tent, and I think we may have just achieved a world first. I wrote earlier this week about my experience with Google Glass, and that we were puzzling about how we might stream live video from the device.

Then, a couple of days ago a company called Livestream announced that it had launched an app for Glass which would allow anyone to do just that - stream a live view of what someone wearing the device was seeing.

So I downloaded the software, installed it - and set up a live event for Friday's Tech Tent. At 15:00 BST, I tapped a couple of times on the side of the glasses, and in the screen above my right eye I could see that we were streaming live. Then during the programme I was able to see live comments from the few people who'd found the link and were watching. You can see the entire stream.

Now anyone who sat through this historic TV broadcast of a radio programme might have felt slightly seasick. Because you see everything through my eyes the camera lurches from guest to guest - we had Leo Kelion and Dougal Shaw from the tech team in the tent, and our special guest was the computer scientist Dr Sue Black.

The sound isn't great either - you can hear me, but obviously nothing that's on tape and the guests are almost inaudible. But what you do get is a behind-the-scenes look at what it is like to present a live radio programme. So this would need a bit of work before it became really useful - but we are just relieved that a live technology demo worked for once. Now I need to go and lie down.

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    Comment number 32.

    Some comments say this is a pointless technology looking for a problem.

    This technology is not pointless if you know where the problems are that it can solve and you have the resources to realise the solution. This is what business is and why Glass is mainly aimed at industry.

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    Comment number 31.

    Ref: #30 Another brick in the wall

    The "Why?" was in reference to the pointlessness of live-streaming a view of what somebody else is looking at to a viewer wearing these glasses. We already have lots of ways to do this: PC via internet, television, live cams, CCTV, etc.

    So why would you want to watch somebody walking around looking at things - unless you work for the NSA or similar?

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    Comment number 30.

    2. Muppet Master
    Just... Why?


    Because it exists!

    The future always looks scary and it is human nature to resist change.

    This sort of technology will dominate the future, of that there can be no doubt. Resisting it now is totally pointless.

    I remember my father mocking the VCR and I his father mocked the invention of Television. Thank god no one listened to them.

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    Comment number 29.

    "Google will release Google Glass to the general public on 15 April for a single day. Still a prototype, the device will sell for $1,500 (£894). "

    Step 1. Create a bit of time-pressured hype
    Step 2. Flog off all the excess redundant tech used in the prototype phase

    Unless you hand over your own cash for these.

    A curious question might be "why did they end up with too many?"

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    Comment number 28.

    how about an article telling us the data protection implications of these glasses ?

    if I was to hang around outside a school with a camera I think somebody might not be to pleased, will I be allowed to wear them in the cinema ? etc etc


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