“The Google Glasses are real! Here is a set on @sergeybrinn cofounder of Googl @ Palace Hotel, San Francisco,”[sic] @Scobleizer tweeted.
However, Brin wasn’t ready for anyone else to try the prototype spectacles and refused to give them so Scoble could check how the device is working.
“Sergey wouldn’t let me wear the Google Glasses but I could see they were flashing info to him. I so want one of these!” @Scobleizer tweeted.
According to Google, Project Glass can display information and respond to voice commands. Some examples of how the glasses were most useful included: displaying the weather, reporting subway service outages and checking messages.
Posting to his Google+ page, Scoble kept on talking, “[Brin] quickly told me it is a prototype. I saw a bluish light flashing off of his right eyeball,” the blogger wrote.
“I could only guess that my Google+ profile flashed up, or maybe some PR voice said ‘stay quiet’ or something like that. But the glasses are real. Very light looking. Most of the people around us had no idea that these glasses are pretty special.”
This will undoubtedly come as a surprise to many people who have seen the video was as fictional as Microsoft’s slick Productivity Future Vision video, writes PC Mag.
Well-known, Apple-focused blogger John Gruber wrote, “Google’s transition into the new Microsoft is now complete: fancy-pants sci-fi concept video to promote stunningly awkward augmented reality glasses.”
One more blogger Joe Stracci responded to the video by writing, “…this isn’t a product that is in beta testing, alpha testing, or even a concept model phase. It’s just a somewhat cool video.”
Gruber picked up on Stracci’s blog post and added, “Let’s pretend Google could actually build and ship something exactly like what they show in their concept video. Think about the data Google is collecting about the video’s protagonist.”
Since its announcement, the prototype augmented-reality glasses, for better or worse, have caused a stir. Critics have ranged between hilarious to brutal, CBS News reports.
Thursday night, comedian Jimmy Kimmel spoofed the glasses on his show, “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” showing a man injuring himself while taking a call. “I want those Google Glasses so badly, but I also want to date women. Choices,” tweeted @Digeratii, a Los Angeles-based movie director.
Project Glass is a part of Google X, an experimental arm of the search giant. The glasses are currently in testing phase. There’s no confirmation on when the glasses might be available for purchase.
But even despite the fact that the product isn’t available for another two years, early reports indicate the glasses may be worth the wait. One person who has been lucky enough to try out a prototype of the glasses gave a positive review.
“They let technology get out of your way. If I want to take a picture I don’t have to reach into my pocket and take out my phone; I just press a button at the top of the glasses and that’s it,” the tester said.