Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, made a surprise appearance at the TED conference, showing off Google’s augmented reality head-mounted display (HMD), Google Glass. The device was seen by the event’s audience and a lot more who were watching the event on livestream. Brin explained why Google chose to develop the unique device, as well as confirming that it would be available to the public later during the year, according to The Verge.
He also took the opportunity to question smartphones with touchscreens, questioning if they were the future of how we interact with other people. He said, “We often question if this is the way you want to connect with the people in your life.”
He adds, “I feel it’s kind of emasculating. You’re just rubbing this featureless piece of glass.”
According to Brin, featureless touchscreens is the reason why his wife still uses a Blackberry handset. Although he didn’t mention what kind of Blackberry, it’s a dead cert it isn’t Blackberry’s new handset powered by BB10, the Z10.
Brin says that Google’s main goal for developing Google Glass was to eliminate the limitations of handsets and change the way people interact. He said, “The cellphone is a nervous habit. I whip this out and look as if I have something important to do.
On eBay, Google Glass was listed for as much as $15,000. Responding to the device’s price on eBay, Brin said, “I wouldn’t trust those eBay posts.”
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