Google’s Sergey Brin sports Project Glass in public, while others question whether the experience will really be like the video

Sergey Brin Project GlassThe first official images of Google’s Project Glass caused quite a stir earlier this week, but as there was no release date attached or a feature list of any type, after the initial excitement died down, many wondered how long it would be until we saw a real pair of Google’s augmented reality specs.

Tech pundit Robert Scoble got the answer at a charity event yesterday, where he met Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who was wearing a very special — and likely extremely expensive — pair of specs.

Sergey confided in Robert that the glasses were a Project Glass prototype, although he didn’t pass them around for everyone to have a try. In fact, the glasses were so unobtrusive, Robert notes that few people would have noticed they were anything other than regular spectacles, despite the blue glow they projected onto Sergey’s eye.

He snapped a picture or two and kindly shared them on Google Plus.

Doubts over the Project Glass experience

Despite this early appearance, Google still has a way to go before Project Glass is ready for sale, and there are those who’re warning that what we saw in the promo video may not be anything like the real thing.

In a blog post, Blair MacIntyre, the director of Augmented Environments at Georgia Tech, says Google’s video has “created a level of over-hype and over-expectation” as what we see on screen goes way beyond what’s possible “in the mid-term.”

He calls the stability, quality and depth of the image “fake,” and the wide field of view being very difficult to achieve using the design of the glasses seen in the accompanying pictures.

MacIntyre also clarifies that what we’re seeing is a heads-up display and not augmented reality in the truest sense of the word, indicating there’s some buzzword marketing in effect at Google.

The creator of the SixthSense wearable computer, Pranav Mistry, told the same thing, saying “the small screen [on the glasses] seen in the photos cannot give the experience the video is showing.”

Google has made it quite clear Project Glass is nowhere near ready for public consumption, and the promo video is more of what could be possible, rather than what will be possible. Don’t forget, Google gave us this early look at Project Glass to open a conversation, and the video is necessary to spark our interest.

Others believe the Project Glass experience won’t be exactly like we see in Google’s video either, as it hasn’t included Google’s love of serving us with adverts. Take a look at the spoof video below to see what a Google Ads-enhanced version of Project Glass could be like.

Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: A.I. selfie drones, ‘invisible’ wireless chargers

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk!
Home Theater

The seven best TVs you can buy right now, from budget to big screen

Looking for a new television? In an oversaturated market, buying power is at an all-time high, but you'll need to cut through the rough to find a diamond. We're here to help with our picks for the best TVs of 2018.
Movies & TV

'Prime'-time TV: Here are the best shows on Amazon Prime right now

There's more to Amazon Prime than free two-day shipping, including access to a number of phenomenal shows at no extra cost. To make the sifting easier, here are our favorite shows currently streaming on Amazon Prime.
Product Review

Airselfie 2 may as well be a GoPro stapled to a drunk hummingbird

On paper, the Airselfie 2 is marketed as flying photographer that fits in your pocket and snaps selfies from the sky. Unfortunately it’s more like a HandiCam controlled by a swarm of intoxicated bumblebees
Emerging Tech

Ancient crater the size of NYC discovered under the Greenland ice sheet

A huge crater has been discovered beneath the ice of Greenland, and is thought to be the result of a meteorite impact millions of years ago. The crater is one of the largest ever discovered, measuring 19 miles across.
Emerging Tech

Here’s how the InSight mission to Mars will confirm its landing to NASA

NASA's InSight mission has sent a lander to Mars. NASA researchers have now shared details on how they will monitor the touching down of the lander at the end of its 91 million mile journey.
Emerging Tech

Would you swap your keycard for a microchip implant? For many, the answer is yes

Put down your keycard! More people are turning to implanted RFID chips as their choice of workplace identification. Should we be worried about a world in which employees get microchipped?

‘Super magnesium’ may be the next wonder material for outdoor gear

Super Magnesium is a wonder material that is 30 percent lighter than aluminum, as strong as carbon fiber, cheaper to make, and 100-percent recyclable, making it much better for the environment.
Emerging Tech

Forget joysticks — the Guts Game is controlled by a sensor that you swallow

Researchers have created an unusual new game in which players swallow a biosensor and then compete to raise or lower the temperature in their gut. Sound crazy? Here's why it could catch on.
Emerging Tech

Step inside the Nepalese restaurant staffed by robot waiters

A robotics startup from Nepal has created a robot waiter called Ginger. It's capable of delivering food from kitchen to table, and can even engage customers in a bit of friendly banter as it does so.
Emerging Tech

Doctors could soon ditch stitches and seal skin wounds with lasers

Just like the dermal regenerator in Star Trek, physicians may soon be able to heal skin wounds using smart, laser-based technology. That's thanks to researchers from Arizona State University.
Emerging Tech

From tornado flushes to remote controls, modern toilets are flush with tech

With the global observance of World Toilet Day on November 19, we take a look at how the modern toilet in our homes and businesses have evolved, and how they are becoming smarter tools in the future.
Emerging Tech

NASA selects the all-important landing site for its Mars 2020 rover mission

NASA said on Monday that the landing site for its much-anticipated Mars 2020 rover mission has the potential to "revolutionize how we think about Mars and its ability to harbor life."
Emerging Tech

NASA’s ‘space wheat’ is helping earthbound farmers grow crops quicker

Could NASA technology for growing plants on other planets help farmers improve crop yield here on Earth? According to researchers in Australia and the U.K., the answer is a resounding yes.