So a guy in Brooklyn spotted Google founder Sergey Brin wearing Google's Project Glass glasses on the New York subway, and the photo went viral. But the not-so-incognito ride still begs the question: What was Sergey Brin doing underground in robot glasses that only work with Internet? Others have spotted Brin out and about with the glasses — on the streets of San Francisco, at fundraisers, even at a Diane Von Furstenberg fashion show — but that hasn't stopped the conspiracy theories from mounting. Here are the plans people think Brin may have been hatching ... and what they say about Google's vision for the future.
A Planned PR Stunt
The Theory: It's all a little too coincidental — Noah Zerkin, the man who snapped the shot pictured above, also happens to describe himself as a "Wearable Computing and Augmented Reality enthusiast" on his Twitter bio, and he works at The SuperTouch Group, where he plays with stuff similar to Google Glass. Questions have been asked:
Odds that Sergey Brin is randomly photographed wearing Google Glass on subway by guy who happens to be an "augmented reality enthusiast"?— Peter Kafka (@pkafka) January 21, 2013
Zerkin, with his augmented-reality connections on social media, is just the right kind of person to get attention in the Google Glass arena. Adding to the curiosity over Zerkin is that his spotting occurred just days after Google sent out invites for its first Project Glass "hackathon."