updated 06:29 am EDT, Wed May 30, 2012
Brin suggests possible Project Glass launch next year
Sergey Brin allowed someone else to wear the Project Glass headset in an interview. California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom was able to try on the Google display on his self-titled program, the Gavin Newsom Show on Current, and was able to see a photo of himself taken minutes before by Brin. The interview also demonstrated how the current iteration of the glasses are navigated, with Brin warning the interviewer not to touch the right-hand side touchpad.
The exchange of the device came about from Brin claiming to have taken a photo of the host without him noticing, suggesting it as a better option for photography than getting a smartphone out for the shot. Newsom disputed, asking if he was making it up, with Brin responding to the challenge by removing the glasses and handing them to the host. Newsom watched the display while Brin navigated on his behalf, swiping the touchpad on the side. Although navigation and selection was dealt with by swiping and tapping the pad, Brin ignored the question when asked how the photo was taken.
Commenting to Wired, Newsom found the display to be "remarkably clear" despite the set lighting affecting the image. He also found focusing on his guests then back to the screen to be relatively quick while wearing the frame. He was also surprised by "how unremarkable the glasses are except for the remarkable feature," noting the significant lack of extra hardware needed for other existing wearable-computing efforts. As for wearing the glasses in public, Newsom remarked "I haven't seen the video yet, so I'll withhold judgment until I see myself."
It was made clear that the glasses being shown were a rough prototype, with Brin hoping to have the glasses on the market sometime next year.