Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) co-founder, Sergey Brin, may be making a fortune out of the snappy smartphone in your pocket. Nonetheless, he believes that these smartphones are promoting anti-social behavior, describing them as ‘emasculating’. Brin made these noteworthy remarks at an address at TED2013, reports TED blog.
Donning his ever-present Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) Glass unit, Brin argued that many people had become essentially addicted to their smartphones. In addition, he advanced a strong case for Google Glass, adding to the widespread discussion about the wearable technology fad that is currently sweeping through the tech industry.
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Brin hopes Google Glass, which allows people to call out information, will infiltrate the market. He argues that calling up information when needed will be allow people to leave their smartphones and go about their usual lives. According to Brin, smartphones are doing a great deal to help people access data in more places than ever before. Despite this, the fashion in which people are accessing the data disconnects them from the world. In fact, he deems the reliance that people have attached to smartphones to be somewhat degrading.
“Is this the way you’re meant to interact with other people?” He asked. “It’s kind of emasculating. You’re just rubbing this featureless piece of glass. Is this what you’re meant to do with your body?” He continued.
Although the pilot program has come to an end (a chance to get the prelease glass unit for $1,500), Brin said all those left out of the pilot program could buy the device later on in the year. Brin did not however peg a specific price target, merely maintaining that the price tag would be below $1,500. Brin’s take on the pricing and the release date are consistent with earlier reports which we documented last week.