Brin Tests Google Glass Around New York


Google co-founder seen wearing the futuristic device on a New York subway train

On Monday morning, Google co-founder and leader of the ‘Google X’ project Sergey Brin was seen wearing the experimental device that adds a digital layer to reality – Google Glass – on the New York subway.

A picture of Brin sporting the next decade’s ‘must-have’ accessory was taken and subsequently tweeted by New York resident and augmented reality enthusiast Noah Zerkin.

Man of the people

Brin is overseeing all developments inside Google’s top-secret laboratory, including Google Glass. The project involves an experimental set of Android-powered glasses that can capture video, take photos and provide the wearer with a web-connected heads-up display (HUD).

The Google exec who., according to The Guardian, is worth over $15 billion (£9bn), looked quite comfortable wearing the device on the downtown train number 3. The bulky backpack, previously described by some observers and thought to contain the battery and processing unit of the glasses, was nowhere to be seen. This could mean that Google has managed to solve the power issue.

According to Zerkin, the co-founder of one of the most powerful tech companies in the world was very approachable, and the two had a short but pleasant chat. Previously, Brin has been seen wearing the device on the streets of San Francisco.

Google Glass is expected to be made available to developers later this year, and cost around $1,500 (£945).

Last year, Chris Preimesberger of eWEEK suggested that the popularity of Google Glass could lead to a boom in cloud storage, since the device, capable of shooting HD footage round-the-clock, would need somewhere to dump all this content.

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