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Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin Wears Google Glasses to Blindness Foundation Event

Who would have thought that two days after Google[x] unveiled their “Project Glass” that we would see a somewhat working prototype in the wild? Sergey Brin, Google co-founder, sported a working prototype to a blindness foundation event, where his wife was receiving an award. Blogger Robert Scoble noticed them immediately when Brin walked in the door and tried to find out as much info on the hottest topic of the week as possible. He saw a blue light flash at one point in the lens, said they looked incredibly light, and definitely real.

One more pic after the break. 

Yeah, how cool is this? Where is the beta sign-up? :P

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  • https://market.android.com/developer?pub=Ender's+Games+and+Apps Brian Ouellette

    I am building the Over 9000 app right now for this. :p
    Looks for APIs. Damn, not out yet. But there will be like 1000 Over 9000 apps when this gets released.

  • yangyang266
  • Sinistar83

    I wonder if The vOICe for Android will be a built in app? 
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=vOICe.vOICe

  • I tell ya what

    I get it…because they’re blind right

  • droidemperor

    If they ever make a movie with Scoble in it, Philip Seymour Hoffman should play Scoble.

  • http://www.agrstech.com/ Zephaniah Washington

    Seriously I want these. Please be a CR-48 style test program.

  • http://twitter.com/spdivr1122 Stephen

    WAIT A SECOND. this could totally do away with GPS’es…. think about it… drive with them on and you get directions. boom. although i guess certain things on the UI could distract you…?

  • http://twitter.com/spdivr1122 Stephen

    i guess they dont realize how badly i want this. 

  • ragnarok180

    So, what are the specs on these specs?

    • MKader17

      I’m assuming it will be pretty spectacular.

  • Ken_P_619

    You could easily make these frames look like aviators by using big lenses that will also hide the projector…build that into these glasses and I might just buy them!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=797475274 Nadeem Najib Kizi

    Also, Robert Scoble noticed that Sergey Brin was wearing a backpack but also mentioned that he didn’t think that it was necessary for the Google Glasses to function properly.

  • John Jenness

    way to rub it in at a blindness event.

  • Austinrgoebel

    sick man

  • JarrydRAZRMAXXED

    Keep the updates on these rolling if/when there is a beta test on these I want to.get on that list!!!!

  • Ahku Droid

    They are probably just fake eyewear with an LED for blogger buzz.  How can you get any usable information from a plexiglass cube that small?  Maybe it tells you what direction you’re going or flashes red when iPhones are around.

  • fallsgable

    I think they are gonna shell out BIG $$$ on launch for this!!
    I read that they offered Stevie Wonder over $10 million to endorse it!

  • Trevor

    Does the title of this article seem a little ironic to anyone else?

  • http://twitter.com/Urboyissues Yourissues

    I so know what I want for Christmas already!

  • joe buck

    yea  my 5th nexus just arrived,its a new one this time, wonder how this will work out   lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001616213210 Guy Pierce

    You mean like this? I did this yesterday at work. iSue!

  • ddevito

    Ah, so that explains why a multi-billionaire couldn’t clean himself up for the affair. Classy Sergey, classy. 

  • CIFchamp24

    The blind were the only people he felt comfortable wearing them around…..

  • http://twitter.com/supr2nr Randy Mills

    And the count down to Apple filing a patent infringement lawsuit begins now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bhaxprime Ben Hackney

    Next week, debut new Google Music Player at National Association of the Deaf!

    • ddevito

      +1 Sir.

    • majormudafuckinhun

      Hell yeah! The glasses will create a rhythmic sensation and flash a hologram of a singer, instrument, fingers throwing signs, in front of the wearer’s face

      • Noyfb

        I wonder if Sergey Brin thought he was talking and posing with Phillip Seymour Hoffman?

        • Dray654

          More like Jim gaffigan

    • Mike

      “In what top scientists are calling A Total Dick Move…”

  • Vladivostok

    Love it. I wonder how many millions will develop brain cancer after the 1st year of release. Google does no evil, but may be taking part in killing off part of our population with these things. ;-)

  • Wesley L

    wtf those are so ugly they should just call it google frames, there are no glasses here….at least put some clear lenses on that go dark in the sun or something you just look like a total tool

  • Eazy E Dlf

    Sad thing about this is that if n when they are released people will criticize them whereas if apple released them they would be viewed as revolutionary n magical

  • Obvious Sarcasm

    …It’s over 9000!!!!!!

    • NemaCystX

      DBZ ftw! I still think thats part of the inspiration lol

      • Todd Klevgaard

        HuH?

        • NemaCystX

          Let me spell it out for you

          DBZ = DragonBall Z

          “It’s Over 9,000!” is what Vegeta (a character from DBZ) yells when he crushes his scouter, its a very infamous scene that Anime fans all know.
          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SiMHTK15Pik

  • FortitudineVincimus

    will this give you eye cancer?

  • Dragon7769

    running Android 2.2      

    • Sven Enterlein

      I’d say it will run EYEs cream sandwich :D

  • Jamdev12

    I hope Google engineers are still redesigning this thing. Don’t get me wrong I think it looks cool, but like some people have said in the previous post about this gadget, it should look like an ordinary set of glasses. Now here are a few things I would change. Most of them have to do with laws of physics, specifically optics.

    1. The projector would need to be on the inner part of the glasses. Having that protruding thing in the front makes this set of glasses look hedious.
    2. The projector displays an image on to the glass from the front. In the improved version the projector would display the image to the part of the glass closest to your eye. Or the inner part of the lenses. Furthermore the image would have to be inverted so that you get the right image, not a mirrored one.
    3. Using the laws of refraction create a lenses the would let light coming from the back of the lenses to pass through except at the angle the projected image is coming in. This insures that you can see images being displayed.

    • jldleo

      So… when are yours coming out?

      • Jamdev12

        Never cause I don’t have the smarts to work there.

        • Steve Schneider

          So you state your ignorance compared to googles engineers yet you’re correcting them. …Interesting.

    • ircmaxell

      You’re forgetting about a projector-less display.  Why can’t you have a transparent OLED matrix inside the lens?  That should be bright enough to work, yet still allow enough transparent light to still see through them…  And it would be far more power efficient than having a projector emit the light…

      • Jamdev12

        The thing is that these glasses look like they project the image that you see onto the glass in front of it. Unless I’m looking at it wrong, but I don’t see how the small cube eye piece would give the illusion of a big display unless it is projecting the image onto the actual glass on the glasses.

  • Jason

    Aren’t Bluetooth headsets bad enough? This has tech douchery written all over it, I don’t care if it is the future.

    • MAXXimumBlur

      And tell those damn kids to get off my lawn!!!

      • CivilDroid

        And turn down that sh!++y music…

  • viewthis74

    sign me up! i can’t wait to have the option to buy prescription eye wear and selecting the Google Glasses frame instead of something from Hugo Boss. This is obviously years away (if ever actually mass produced) but there’s nothing wrong with imagining it.

    • Firant

       Haven’t they already stated these are for a 2012 release?

      • viewthis74

        i guess but since i wear glasses (no contacts for me) i couldn’t wear something like this in concept until they are designed to include prescription lenses.

        • Nathan Buth

          If you look though they sit above your eye.  I’m with you on having glasses and not wanting contacts. XD  Besides even if it doesn’t integrate well with normal glasses at first I am sure Google would release them in a way that would relatively soon. :)  Especially seeing that with phones they pair up with hardware people I could see them working in joint with a glasses company like Oakley or Lightec (Morrel France) and a hardware company like HTC to get these out in a way that anybody could use them.  The good news is that they are probably projecting the image so your eyesight no matter how bad unless blind, should be able to read and see with it just fine. :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1338561610 Brad Allen

     Nobody has any issue/comment that he wore them to a BLINDNESS Foundation event?

    • Michael_NM

      I do: Apple can sell ice to Eskimos. Google can sell glasses to the blind.

    • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

      I’d say these glasses might be useful to blind people (and those with bad eyesight too).

      Voiced directions, alerts, and whatnot — some kind of a radar or smart camera with proper software could easily do that.

      • majormudafuckinhun

        Indeed! Then Nike will have the shoes to sync with them!

      • EC8CH

        The model isn’t scheduled to be released until the 24th Century

    • Trevor

      I was thinking the exact same thing!

    • Nathan Buth

      I’m thinking that they have something with it to help the blind, kind of like their self driving car.  Maybe even integrating the two of them together… :D

  • http://twitter.com/Defenestratus Defenestratus

    Google eyePhone?

    • BootAnimatorGuy

      Its the only eyePhone I’ll ever use!

  • marty jones

    This will be a flash in the pan. A quick fad.

    • http://twitter.com/BarnumDefect Matt Locke

      Just like the internet right?

  • http://twitter.com/adamthecashew Adam Fisch

    This will go perfectly with my power glove 

    • mustbepbs

      It’s so bad.

  • enigmaco

    Anybody want to take bets on how long it takes apple to file a suit against google?

    • majormudafuckinhun

      With these specs, they’re bound to see that coming… ;-)

    • Nathan Buth

      I think the design will be different enough that Apple won’t be able to utilize the patent they filed in 2009.  Besides Apple doesn’t have a product like it at all at the moment as far as we know at least so I doubt a court would even listen to them on it.  XD

  • Fake1234

    Eye see what he did there.

  • enigmaco

    I want to beta test those babies soooooo bad

  • Benjamin Landwehr

    Hi. I’ll beta test. :)

  • Aaa

    Oh, yeah… needs some lenses.

    • http://fujibayashi.jp/ Gasai Yuno

      I’m actually interested in whether it will be possible to use these with some actual glasses. (I have a strong myopia; contacts are great but sometimes they are a pain.)

  • http://twitter.com/HoosierDaddy42 HoosierDaddy

    I so want these…NOW!

  • http://twitter.com/robkein Rob Kein

    I hope they give them away like Chromebooks.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bokfon Benjamin Chow

    Yes… where is the beta sign-up?