Apple apparently isn’t the only big tech company that knows how to run a gripping tech demo.
Google combined their Glass technology with Google+ (hangouts) for a live demo that saw co-founder Sergey Brin skydive out of a blimp to the roof of Moscone Center, where he handed a package to some cyclists, who raced up and down ramps to the building’s edge. The package was then rappelled down the side of the building, where it was handed to more cyclists, who raced through the aisles to the stage. All live:
(Wonder who got the job of keeping their finger on the panic button should something go wrong?)
I’m pretty plugged into Google’s apps. Gmail, Calendar, Reader and Google+ work perfectly on everything from my Linux desktops, laptop and netbook to my Android phone and tablet. Enter your password, and you’re in — and with none of the fussiness, expense, and constant IT support demanded by the Microsoft-powered network of my wife’s nonprofit.
And Google’s new 7″ Nexus tablet could steal the low end tablet space away from the Kindle Fire (a very limited tablet), and take a bite out of the rumored Apple 7″ iPad.
I’m also more interested in Google+ than Facebook; the conversations are much higher quality, and the get-rich-quick/scam artists haven’t overrun it (yet). In fact, people often compare Google+ to Facebook (advantage Facebook), forgetting that Google is more than Google+; Google’s involvement in multiple arenas is going to put pressure on Facebook over the long term.
In other words, Google seems to be on the move — while Facebook seems to be trying to force their email address on me.
Keep writing (and skydiving live), Tom Chandler.