The Tech News Blog

April 6, 2012

Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin Spotted Wearing Project Glass

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The reaction from the technology community to Google's Project Glass augmented reality glasses video earlier this week ranged from the amazed to the overtly cynical. But one group of naysayers in particular—those who thought the glasses were merely the product of a fancy concept video—appear to be wrong. Google co-founder Sergey Brin was recently seen at an event wearing Project Glass, and there's photographic proof.

Blogger Robert Scoble caught Brin wearing the glasses at an event for The Foundation Fighting Blindness (see photo at left). Posting to his Google+ page, Scoble said, "[Brin] quickly told me it is a prototype. I saw a bluish light flashing off of his right eyeball. I could only guess that my Google+ profile flashed up, or maybe some PR voice said 'stay quiet' or something like that. But the glasses are real. Very light looking. Most of the people around us had no idea that these glasses are pretty special."

This will undoubtedly come as a surprise to many people in the tech and blogging community who assumed the video was as fictional as Microsoft's slick Productivity Future Vision video. Well-known, Apple-focused blogger John Gruber wrote, "Google's transition into the new Microsoft is now complete: fancy-pants sci-fi concept video to promote stunningly awkward augmented reality glasses."

Blogger Joe Stracci responded to the video by writing, "…this isn't a product that is in beta testing, alpha testing, or even a concept model phase. It's just a somewhat cool video." Gruber picked up on Stracci's blog post and added, "Let's pretend Google could actually build and ship something exactly like what they show in their concept video. Think about the data Google is collecting about the video's protagonist."