If this isn’t a clear indication that Google wants Glass to replace smartphones (even though it will need to be wirelessly connected to one), we don’t know what is. Speaking at a TED talk in California today, Google co-founder and unabashed Glass wearer Sergey Brin told the audience that wearable computers like Google Glass will liberate us from being consumed by our smartphones.
According to Wired’s recount, Brin said: "You’re actually socially isolating yourself with your phone. I feel like it’s kind of emasculating…You’re standing there just rubbing this featureless piece of glass."
In his short 10-minute talk, Brin extolled Google Glass and its ability to let us keep our heads where they belong, facing up at the world around us:
“I whip this out and focus on it as though I have something very important to attend to. This [Google Glass] really takes away that excuse.… It really opened my eyes to how much of my life I spent secluded away in email or social posts.”
Brin also revealed his vision for making search more integrated into reality:
“My vision when we started Google 15 years ago was that eventually you wouldn’t have to have a search query at all — the information would just come to you as you needed it. This is the first form factor that can deliver that vision.”
Google Glass will reportedly be available by the end of the year for "less than $1,500" and the company is said to be in talks with eyewear companies to produce different designs and form factors. Glass will be compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and has a touchpad on its side for controlling menus. It also includes advanced voice recognition, which allows for hands-free operation.