Back in April, Google unveiled a wearable device called Project Glass, which looks a whole lot like a pair of glasses, but allows users to snap photographs, send and receive emails and texts, and generally add a layer of augmented reality to their surroundings.
Google has said Project Glass – sometimes referred to as Google Glass, or even Google Glasses – will debut sometime in 2014.
But that hasn't stopped Google co-founder Sergey Brin from taking a Project Glass headset on an early test-run in one of the most crowded places on earth: The New York City subway system. The picture above was snapped by Brooklyn resident Noah Zerkin, who recognized Brin among the passengers on a southbound train.
"Yeeeah... I just had a brief conversation with the most powerful man in the world. On the downtown 3 train. Nice guy," Zerkin wrote on Twitter. A couple hours later, and Zerkin, a self-described "wearable computing and augmented reality enthusiast," was kicking himself for not taking the conversation further. "Come to think of it, perhaps I should've mentioned my projects to Mr. Brin," he wrote. "Or given him my card. Derp."
As Lance Ulanoff notes over at Mashable, sightings of Project Glass are not completely rare – Google has been testing and exhibiting its futuristic technology for a while now – but rare enough that Twitter mentions like Zerkin's can still draw thousands of retweets and Twitter mentions.
In late January and early February, The Next Web reports, Google is holding a pair of Project Glass hackathons, which it said would serve as "the first opportunity for a group of developers to get together and develop for Glass."