Sergey Brin spotted wearing Google Glasses prototype

April 6, 2012

Google’s Project Glass video showed a snapshot of what the future of gadgetry may be, but it’s clear that the average consumer won’t be seeing the Google glasses in stores any time soon.

There is a real-world prototype, but you have to have some serious connections to get them. Technology blogger Robert Scoble posted pictures to his Twitter account Thursday of Google co-founder Sergey Brin sporting a pair of the glasses while out to dinner.

“Sergey wouldn’t let me wear the Google Glasses but I could see they were flashing info to him,” Scoble tweeted. He said that the glasses are “many months, if not years” away from becoming a consumer product.

That lines up with the little information that’s come from Google on the product. According to the project’s developers, the glasses video and press shots are meant to spark discussion about what the product could look like, and do.

“We’re sharing this information now because we want to start a conversation and learn from your valuable input,” wrote the Google Glass team on their Google+ page. “So we took a few design photos to show what this technology could look like and created a video to demonstrate what it might enable to you do.”


Google co-founder Sergey Brin sports Google's AR glasses. Brin wore the glasses at Dinner in the Dark, a Benefit for the Foundation Fighting Blindness in San Francisco. (Thomas Hawk/Courtesy of Thomas Hawk. Some rights reserved. )

Keywords to note there are “could” and “might.”

So the Google glasses are vaporware of the highest order — likely not a product that consumers should plan to buy for, say, Christmas 2012.

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Hayley Tsukayama covers consumer technology for The Washington Post.
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