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Google Glass teams with Kansas City Symphony, Engage Mobile for video demo

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Kansas City Symphony announced that four members of the Kansas City Symphony will make history on January 31, 2014, when they provide a first-person perspective of performing Beethoven’s famous Fifth Symphony using the latest technology from Google — Google Glass inside Kansas City’s premier concert hall, Helzberg Hall of the Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

According to both Google and the KCS, four pairs of Google Glass mark the most pairs used at once for a coordinated activity in the nation outside of Google headquarters, and the event marks the premier time Google Glass will be used to record the views of four members in a professional symphonic orchestra.

The Kansas City Symphony is working with Engage Mobile Solutions, the Kansas City-based mobile strategy, mobile development and mobile marketing firm, to see what it is like to be a world-class musician in one of the country’s top orchestras.

According to a press release, the project will capture what four professional musicians see while performing the iconic work, Beethoven’s Fifth. For example, viewers will see video from the violinist’s vantage points as he or she looks down the instrument, observing one hand pressing the strings on the neck of the violin and the other bowing across the strings, as well as watching the conductor or reading the music on the stand.

With further explanation provided by Google, “Google Glass is a wearable computer with an optical head-mounted display that has been developed by Google in the Project Glass research and development phases. Google Glass displays information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format. This innovative new technology allows users to interact with the Internet via natural language voice commands to perform tasks like navigation, accessing the Internet, texting, taking pictures and shooting videos.”

Google Glass is an experimental product and will not be made available to the general public until later in 2014, a Google spokesman said.

This continues the bond between Kansas City and Google that chose Kansas City as the first major city to have its newest Google Fiber installed in residences. The new Google Fiber is the fastest internet connection in the world and currently only available to Kansas City, Kansas and Kansas City, Missouri.

Engage Mobile is working with Google to develop software and explore unique applications of Glass, such as the Kansas City Symphony project. Engage Mobile Solutions and the Kansas City Symphony will showcase Glass’ unique ability to record and share high-definition video.

While the recording of the orchestra using Google Glass will be a private rehearsal only open to the media, the Symphony said it will later release a video of the performance. The KCS, further, expects to release a behind-the-scenes video featuring interviews from the musicians about the experience.

Google Glass resembles a headband and is similar to a pair of glasses that a person wears. The innovative concept recognized voice commands and can take a photo, record a video, share live broadcasts, display GPS directions, send immediate audio messages, ask questions/find answers, translate into or from foreign languages and more.

To see and read more about Google Glass, information can be found at: http://www.google.com/glass/start/what-it-does.

According to a press release from KCS: “Engage Mobile Solutions is an award-winning mobile app and mobile software development company with a focus on mobile strategy and mobile marketing. Based in Kansas City, Mo., the company helps companies leverage mobile technology and marketing to drive profitability through increasing revenue, decreasing costs and managing risk. For more information about Engage Mobile Solutions, visit www.engagemobile.com or contact Matthew Barksdale at mbarksdale@)engagemobile.com.

Further information about KCS can be found on their website: kcsymphony.org.

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