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Crowd-activated Google Hangout On Air broadcasts

September 27, 2013 | Telepresence Options

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Story and images by Kurzweilai

This just in from�CrowdOptic�CEO Jon Fisher, live at the�RocketSpace Glass Hackathon�in San Francisco, where his team just demo'd CrowdOptic's new Android app for social sharing: crowd-activated�Google Hangout On Air�(live video broadcasting on a Google Hangout).

The new app (still in beta) runs on smartphones and wearable computing devices such as Google Glass. Instead of one person launching an On Air broadcast, the new app uses group focus (what multiple people are looking at) around a shared moment or common point of interest to launch Hangout On Air.

"You can now start or join a video stream just by looking at it," Fisher says.

"A shared moment can be a predetermined event--such as a live concert or sporting event--or even a spontaneous gathering (e.g., a breaking news event such as a fire).� The common points of focus around such events represent significant moments ideally suited for broadcasting via Google+ Hangout On Air."

When a crowd's collective focus has been detected, CrowdOptic invites those Android users who are focused on the same point of interest to start a Hangout On Air (HOA). The first Android user to initiate the HOA becomes the HOA's moderator.

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