Google Glasses ride the New York subway

LANCE ULANOFF
Last updated 14:12 22/01/2013
Sergey Brin
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RARE SIGHTING: Google co-founder Sergey Brin shows off Google Glass.

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This post was originally published on Mashable.

Google Glass sightings are still pretty rare these days. Rarer still is an in-the-wild sighting of Google co-founder Sergey Brin wearing said futuristic specs. Rarest of all, though, may be the random intersection of a New York City subway rider and Google Glass-wearing Sergey Brin.

Until now.

Self-described "wearable computing enthusiast" and New York City resident Noah Zerkin apparently looked up at the seat opposite him on a NYC subway to find Brin sporting a wool cap and his now-trademark eye wear.

For those unfamiliar with Google Glass, it's the product of Google's long-gestating Project Glass and are head-mounted, augmented reality glasses that offer a single, tiny view screen, voice recognition, and photo and video capture. A team of sky-diving daredevils demonstrated them last year during Google I/O, where Brin was delivering the keynote.

Zerkin grabbed a twitpic, which has since been retweeted hundreds of times.

Despite their shared interests, Zorkin reported on Twitter that the meeting was entirely coincidental. The universe is funny that way.

Out at CES 2013 earlier this month, I stumbled on a gentleman wearing an orange version of Google Glass. He turned out to be Russ Mirrov, electrical lead for the Google Glass project. He was amiable and reminded me that Google Glass is still a research project. Naturally, I asked to wear them, but Mirrov declined, though he did snap of photo of us using only his voice.

Mirrov was more interested in how I might want to use Google Glass. I told him I'd use them to augment my terrible memory for people's names: I'd see someone and quietly ask Google Glass to identify them before they came within earshot. Mirrov seemed to like the idea.

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