There's no question about what the ultimate accessory was this week at TED 2013 in Long Beach:
In conference hotels, parties and at the conference itself, random people could be spotted wearing the ultimate must-have-but-incredibly-scarce gadget.
On Wednesday, Google's Sergey Brin took to the stage at TED 2013 wearing his pair to discuss his, ahem, vision for Google Glass. His appearance came on the day when applications were due in a contest to win the right to buy one of the $1,500 devices.
TED released official photos from the session. According to the TED blog, Brin said:
"When we started Google 15 years ago, my vision was that information would come to you as you need it. You wouldn't have to search query at all."
But, he argued, the smartphone is antisocial, because you look away from people. From the TED blog: "Is this the way you're meant to interact with other people? It's kind of emasculating. Is this what you're meant to do with your body?"
Naturally, TEDsters shared their awe on Twitter:
“It’s a little freaky at first, but you get used to it” - Sergey Brin on wearing Google Glass augmented reality glasses #TED2013— June Cohen (@junecohen) February 27, 2013
Sergey Brin: When we started Google, we didn't want search queries; we wanted information to come directly to you. This does that. #TED2013— Chip Cutter(@ChipCutter) February 27, 2013