Sergey Brin on Project Glass: feedback ‘very useful’ so far, ‘give us time’ to release

I don’t know about you guys, but I’m pretty excited about Google’s Project Glass, their ambitious project to create glasses with a heads-up display that lets you do many things that your smartphone currently allows you to do. Google unveiled the project via Google Plus earlier this week.

While we did get to see a cool video of what Project Glass could offer (and some pictures of what it could look like), we now finally get a chance to see the product being worn by someone in real life.

These pictures of the Google’s augmented-reality glasses being worn by co-founder Sergey Brin was captured by Thomas Hawk at a dinner benefiting the Foundation Fighting Blindness in San Francisco, California. This is the first time we’re seeing the pictures worn by an actual person (and not a model doing press shots).

Based on the picture taken of Mr. Brin, we can now see that the viewfinder is noticeably thicker than on the press shots that were revealed earlier this week.

So what’s the deal with Project Glass? Are the glasses functional? When can we expect them in our hands?

The guys at The Verge got a chance to talk with Mr. Brin and found out the following on Project Glass. As of right now, the glasses are still at an early prototype phase. While the video showed the glasses doing a number of cool things, Mr. Brin said that “right now you really just see it reboot”.

In terms of connectivity, Mr. Brin declined to clarify if the prototype were self-powered. Instead, he hopes that the final product will be able to connect to all kinds of devices. Hopefully these connect to our smartphones, because the last thing we need is another data plan.

In regards to the feedback received on the glasses so far, Mr. Brin said that the feedback was very useful. Google announced Project Glass so far in advance because it wanted to get the public’s feedback on the product. So far, its video has been viewed almost 8 million times. The inaugural Google+ post has 500 comments, over 20,000 +1’s, and 10,000 shares.

Although recent reports state that the glasses could be out by the end of the year, when asked when we the public could expect them, Mr. Brin simply responded with “give us time”.

Robert Scoble and Google co-founder Sergey Brin

via The Verge | Thomas Hawk (Flickr)