Speaking at the TED conference yesterday, Google’s co-founder Sergey Brin spoke about his new project, Google Glass, and said that the experience of using smartphones was “emasculating”. Brin, who is currently on a mission to make the Google Glass brand global ahead of a full launch, thinks that the new smart glasses will solve the problems associated with smartphones. CNET reported on his comments:
Speaking at the TED Conference today in Long Beach, Calif., Brin told the audience that smartphones are “emasculating.” “You’re standing around and just rubbing this featureless piece of glass,” he said.
Using Google Glass requires a fair bit of rubbing as well, and the prototypes have fewer hardware features than most phones. But Brin said they improved on smartphones in certain ways, particularly in having a camera ever-ready to start snapping pictures. (The same camera is also the source of the most serious privacy concerns raised by Glass.)
What’s so astonishing about his comments is that one of Google’s biggest products is Android, and millions of users worldwide own smartphones with systems designed by Google. Is using an Android device emasculating? And for that matter do you look stupider using a smartphone than you do wearing a metal frame with a camera on your face all day. We’re willing to bet that Google’s PR team are working overdrive today.
Photo credit: James Duncan Davidson via TED