Sergey Brin is one of the richest men in tech, but that doesn’t mean he can’t take public transit. The Google co-founder was photographed on the New York City subway this weekend – wearing the Google Glass headgear, of course.
Brin was spotted by Noah Zerkin, who describes himself as a wearable computing and augmented reality enthusiast.
“Yeeeah… I just had a brief conversation with the most powerful man in the world. On the downtown 3 train. Nice guy,” Zerkin tweeted on Sunday, attaching a photo of Brin decked out in the Google glasses and a black ensemble.
Zerkin also posted a photo of himself wearing Project Glass-esque headgear, joking that “I wish I’d been wearing this. Now that would’ve been a great scene.”
There is very limited cellular service on the New York City subway, so Zerkin did not get a chance to see Google Glass in action. “I suspect that even the most powerful man in the world can’t get signal in the NYC subway,” Zerkin wrote.
Despite Zerkin’s enthusiasm for augmented reality and futuristic accessories, he and Brin did not talk shop. “Come to think of it, perhaps I should’ve mentioned my projects to Mr. Brin. Or given him my card. Derp,” he quipped. The entire encounter was “coincidental, I assure you. He has no idea who I am. It’s a funny universe like that.”
Perhaps Zerkin can get a second chance to talk to Brin at one of Google’s upcoming Google Glass developer events. Project Glass staffers last week unveiled the Glass Foundry, which will offer developers who signed up for the Glass Explorers program last year early access to the device and its developer tools. Glass Foundry will be held in San Francisco on Jan. 28 and 29 and in New York City on Feb. 1 and 2.
The $1,500 Project Glass Explorer Edition made its debut at the Google I/O developer conference last year. Only U.S.-based I/O attendees were allowed to order the glasses, which are scheduled to ship early this this year.
Google first tipped Project Glass in April 2012. The glasses let you get texts, emails, music, weather, and more beamed directly to your field of vision. The concept device puts your smartphone into a pair of slim glasses and projects its contents for some futuristic, voice-activated fun.
By Chloe Albanesius, PCMag