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.
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