One of the many technologies Google talked about yesterday on Day 1 of its three-day Google I/O conference is Project Glass, a wearable computer of sorts that essentially integrates the functions of a smartphone into a pair of slim glasses. A rather exhilarating demo showed a series of stunts captured on video by people wearing the glasses, from skydiving over San Francisco to scaling Moscone Center, and you can’t help but get at least a little excited seeing the technology come to fruition right before your eyes. We’re not talking 10 years from now, either. In fact, programmers attending the conference have the option of pre-ordering an “Explorer Edition” prototype for $1,500, which will ship out early next year.

“This is new technology and we really want you to shape it,” Google’s Sergey Brin told attendees. “We want to get it out into the hands of passionate people as soon as possible.”

Project Glass has been in development for the past couple of years, and while some of the specific hardware remains a mystery, Google did say each pair of glasses will sport a “pretty powerful processor” in the upper right corner, gobs of memory, a touchpad on the side, various wireless radios, a microphone and speakers, an assortment of sensors, and a tiny camera.

If you haven’t done so already, check out the gnarly skydiving demonstration, as seen by someone wearing a pair of Google Glasses.

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