Today, March 13, Engage Mobile Solutions and the Kansas City Symphony released two videos of the Kansas City Symphony demonstrating the use and ease of the innovative Google Glass.
The video shows four perspectives of the newest of the Google technology as four members of the KCS wear the product during a rehearsal of Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Conductor, Michael Stern, conducted the rehearsal wearing the Google Glass. Three other perspectives came from musicians playing bass, French horn, and violin.
Engage Mobile recorded the video and released their edited versions today to show the ease of use and open the eyes to possible advantages of the new Google Glass. The videos provide viewers with a first-person perspective from three Symphony musicians inside the orchestra as well as Music Director Stern's view from the podium.
Watch Video 1: www.youtube.com/watch?v=XKSMOyZwWDo
Kansas City Symphony and Engage Mobile Present Beethoven's Fifth with Google Glass
Watch Video 2: www.youtube.com/watch?v=TcqnIV-dUno
Kansas City Symphony and Engage Mobile Present Behind-the-Scenes with Google Glass and Beethoven's Fifth
Four pairs of Google Glass marked the most used at once for a coordinated activity in the nation outside of Google headquarters, and it was the first time Google Glass was used to record the views of four members at the same time in a professional orchestra. Matthew Barksdale, CEO of Engage Mobile Systems said.
The Symphony worked with Engage Mobile Solutions to offer others a chance to see what it's like to be a professional musician in one of the country's top orchestras. The first video provides the unique vantage points from instrumentalists Elizabeth Schellhase Gray, horn, Evan Halloin, bass, Heidi Han, violin, and Stern's podium view as he conducts. The second video features behind-the-scenes interviews with the musicians and Stern about the experience, a KCS spokesman said.
"It was fascinating to have been given this unique opportunity to test drive the Google Glass technology," Stern said. "But as amazing as the hardware is, it was not the major takeaway for me. Of course, it's way cool. But when we consider what the future impact of this cutting edge mobile tool for educational and creative possibilities might be, that is really inspiring."
Matthew Barksdale, president of Engage Mobile Solutions, said he was thrilled to work with the Kansas City Symphony and Google Glass.
"For the first time ever, we are now able to see and hear what it is like to be inside of a world-class symphony," Barksdale said. "Mobile technology provides the tools to achieve what we could only dream of just a few years ago."
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. Glass displays information in a smartphone-like, hands-free format, Barksdale said. 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, according to Google.
Engage Mobile is working with Google to develop software and explore unique applications of Glass, such as this Kansas City Symphony project, which highlights Glass' unique ability to record and share high-definition video, Barksdale said.
More information on the Kansas City Symphony is available at www.kcsymphony.org.