Even though I followed Google s I/O Conference from across the country, the event made it obvious that a company created with a strict focus on search has become an omnivorous factory of tech products both hard and soft. Google now regards its developers conference as a launch pad for a shotgun spread of announcements, almost like a CES springing from a single company. (Whatever happened to more wood behind fewer arrows"?)
But the Google product that threatened to steal the entire show probably won t be sold to the public until 2014. This is the prosthetic eye-based display computer called Project Glass, which is coming out of the company s experimental unit, Google x . Announced last April, it was dropped into the conference in dramatic fashion: An extravagant demo hosted by Google co-founder Sergey Brin involved skydivers, stunt cyclists, and a death-defying Google hangout. It quickly attained legendary status.