The Co-Founder of Google, Sergey Brin, has been seen out and about wearing the much-vaunted joshuaGoogle Glass augmented reality spectacles. Brin, who is of course the man responsible for a number of the firm's most innovative creations, was pictured on the New York subway wearing the glasses, which are expected to be the 'next big thing' in the technology market.
The photograph was taken by Noah Zerkin, a Brooklyn-based augmented reality enthusiastic who said he was riding the same carriage. The project is being developed by Google X Lab, a secretive division that works on projects that extend beyond day-to-day operations. It is, for instance, where Google is developing its self-drive technology.
Google Glass, which was first seen in a video posted last year, features a battery and a small computer that runs its Android operating system, as well as a camera and a wireless link. The innovative design enables users to access the web and communicate online. And once the design reaches fruition, owners will be able to control the different services with voice commands.
The ground-breaking design is due to begin shipping in 2013, though it is said to be far from refined as things stand. Google has, in fact, been busy canvassing the opinions of would-be consumers to ensure its design proves a commercial success.
Noah Zerkin, meanwhile, has revealed that he held a "brief conversation" with the billionaire, who he described as a "nice guy". "Come to think of it, perhaps I should've mentioned my projects to Mr. Brin. Or given him my card," he said.
Does augmented reality really represent the future of consumer technology, or has Google jumped the gun?