Last week Google announced the first two ‘hackathon’ events for Google Glass developers and once again reiterated their aim to make the Project Glass technology accessible to all, for every occasion. Doing his part to prove Google mean business about this, co-founder Sergey Brin often wears the augmented reality glasses at high profile events and functions.
The technology was unveiled back in April of 2012 and in June 2012 the Project Glass team demonstrated what it was capable of doing when they skydived into the Google IO keynote in June!
At New York Fashion Week back in September of 2012, Brin wore the glasses alongside iconic fashion designer Diane Von Furstenberg as part of a collaboration project they had undertaken, but just recently, the charismatic entrepreneur was spotted sporting them on the subway travelling through downtown New York.
Wearable technology and augmented reality enthusiast Noah Zerkin saw Brin wearing the glasses and approached “the most powerful man in the world” for a chat. He also took a photo of Brin which he later tweeted.
Brin is known for wearing the glasses out in public, but it is weird to see someone as rich and as influential as he is blending in with commuters on the subway! Seeing him in the picture captured by Zerkin, wearing a woolen hat and carrying a plastic bag – he looks like a normal guy – even if he is wearing a pair of glasses that cost around $1,500!!!!
I wonder how many of the people that Brin passed on his travels knew the capabilities of the glasses he was wearing – or if they had any idea what they cost!
By wearing the glasses whilst undertaking such an intrinsically “normal” activity like travelling on the subway, it appears Brin is demonstrating his desire that Google’s innovative product will one day be worn by normal people while they are doing normal things.