(LONG BEACH, Calif.) -- Google co-founder Sergey Brin talked about the benefits of the company’s new “smart glasses” known as Project Glass, and talked about the ways they were an improvement over smartphones.
Speaking at the TED Confrence this week, he called smartphones “emasculating.”
“You’re standing around and just rubbing this featureless piece of glass,” he said. “You’re actually socially isolating yourself with your phone.”
“I whip this out and focus on it as though I have something very important to attend to,” Brin added, holding up his phone. “[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 has been in full campaign mode for Google Glass since it was introduced with a spectacular Google I/O skydiving stunt last year, but the technology isn’t quite yet available for public consumption.
Since it was first publicly introduced last year, Google has been slowly releasing more and more information on the progress of Glass, the project that Brin says started as “a cell phone strapped to your head.”
“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,” Brin said. “[Google Glass] is the first form factor that can deliver that vision."
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