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Sergey Brin tests Google Glass on New York Subway

Sam Loveridge


Sergey Brin wears Google Glass by Noah Zerkin
Sergey Brin wears Google Glass by Noah Zerkin

Sergey Brin, Google co-founder and CEO, has been spotted experimenting with Google Glass on a New York Subway train.

Photographed by Noah Zerkin, coincidentally an augmented reality and wearable computing enthusiast and hardware prototype, Brin was seen sporting the augmented reality glasses last week.

Zerkin posted the picture on his Twitter account, saying: “I just had a brief conversation with the most powerful man in the world. On the downtown 3 train. Nice guy.”

As the brain behind the more eccentric ideas from Google, Brin’s Google Glass is being developed by the Google X Lab, the secretive division working on projects outside the search engine giant’s web business. The Google X Lab is already responsible for driverless cars currently being tested in California, where Google is based.

Google Glass was first demoed in May last year at the Google I/O conference, where Brin was shown skydiving whilst wearing the glasses in a video premier.

Google Glass Features

Google’s augmented reality glasses, Google Glass, will work by dropping a user interface on the edges of your field of vision via a transparent display in front of your right eye.

Users could be able to access key Google services including the Google search engine, Google Maps, Music and Calendar, just by looking at them or via a selection of voice commands if we take the Google’s Project Glass video entitled “One Day…” on YouTube at its word.

For now, Google plans to begin shipping Google Glass to developers later this year for $1,500 (£945), as part of the early stages of development. Google is looking for input into how the augmented reality glasses could be improved and for suggestions on the number of uses the technology could have.

Would you like to get your hands on a pair of Google Glass? What do you think would be the greatest benefit of having augmented reality glasses? Give us your thoughts on our Twitter and Facebook pages or via the comment boxes below.

Via: Telegraph

John Smith

January 21, 2013, 6:54 pm

The Glasses should have facial recognition software so that if you see somebody it tells you information about them - eg, birthday, or anything they have shared on google+ or facebook etc. I'm always forgetting things like childrens' names etc that would be very useful.

Hamish Campbell

January 22, 2013, 9:14 am

Or that the target is acquired, the person is Sarah Conner etc.

Hamish Campbell

January 22, 2013, 9:26 am

And I presume this was a setup. Sergy Brin is 'spotted' on the subway by an enthusiast wearable computer guy, who is followed enough on twitter to be taken notice of, oh and at that time he happens to be trying out the new HUD specs.

Or perhaps I'm wrong, and the head of a massive corporation is out there, every day, doing field testing on their new products, so the chances of bumping into him are pretty big :)


February 11, 2013, 4:50 pm

May I congratulate you for being the only publication to discretely crop the other passengers out of the picture. Nice touch : )

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