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Google's Sergey Brin Hits the NYC Subway with Project Glass

It'll be a while before Google's Project Glass hits the mass market. Still, one of the advantages of founding a company like Google is early access to innovative new projects, especially when you've played a personal role in the development of said projects. Despite the fact that Google Glass is still in the development stages, Google co-founder Sergey Brin hasn't been shy about wearing his Project Glass unit in high profile places (including on television). In fact, Brin was most recently spotted wearing his Project Glass headset on the NYC subway.


Brooklynite Noah Zerkin wrote on his blog yesterday that he encountered Brin on the 3 train in New York City on Sunday night. The fact that Brin was sporting Project Glass was not lost on Zerkin, who describes himself as a wearable computing and augmented reality enthusiast on his Twitter page.

"[...] I've already encountered a couple of people wearing Glass, and an associate is actually a member of the UX team," Zerkin explained via his blog. "I also met and spoke with somebody from Google X who was attending the Invensense Motion Interface Developers Conference at which I spoke last year. [...] I see Googlers on the subway periodically, so it wasn't that much of a surprise. But… that guy sure looks a lot like Sergey Brin."

So, he knew it was Google Glass that he was looking at and he was almost certain it was Sergey Brin wearing the unit. The next step was to ask if he could take a photo, and Brin said okay. He then asked how the project was coming and what Sergey thought of it. Sergey said the project was coming along well and that he loved it. Sergey got off the train at 14th St. and Noah took to Twitter to share his photo of his encounter with Google's co-founder.

Our favorite part of the photo is the lack of interest from other passengers in the picture. Clearly, they don't know anything about the funny looking glasses. Good thing, too, as they're pretty valuable. At last year's Google I/O, the company sold the Google Glass Explorer Edition to attendees for $1500 a pop.

Google has scheduled two developer events for Glass in the coming weeks, one each for San Francisco and New York. Those in attendance will be folks that ponied up the cash for the Explorer Edition last year.

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  • kcorp2003
    I like google glass project. but i'm concern about the privacy issue. like i don't want to be video taped in public and be streamed all over the internet. they should have a status light somewhere that tells the public that this person is currently videoing.
  • bisso
    My phone can film you in HD from any angle (more than what my head could reach) without a little light or anything. This sadly is the way things will be, don't think we can stop it.
  • mcd023
    I wonder if the interface will have many similarities with the devices used in AccelWorld. man I'm nerdy
  • internetlad
    Don't like it, move to dark side of the moon. It's the closest place without cameras watching.
  • g00fysmiley
    want... this cannot hit the market soon enough
  • warezme
  • notresto
    The real story: Billionaire rides subway.
  • GabZDK
    This opens a whole new sense to: "The Big Brother is watching you"
  • doive1231
    Look like a bum and it's much less likely you'll be jumped whilst outdoors.
  • madooo12
    notrestoThe real story: Billionaire rides subway.exactly what I was thinking of