Sergey Brin

Larry Page might get more attention as Google's CEO, but in 2012 Brin looked like he was having more fun.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin touts the Project Glass computerized glasses at the Google I/O show.
Google co-founder Sergey Brin touts the Project Glass computerized glasses at the Google I/O show. Stephen Shankland/CNET

Last year Sergey Brin and Larry Page took on new roles at Google, the company they founded together in 1998. Page took over as CEO while Brin took a more nebulous role as "director of special projects."

But this year Brin's efforts saw the light of day in spectacular fashion. At the Google I/O developer conference in June, Brin bounded onstage during a keynote presentation about Google+ to show off one of those special projects: namely, Project Glass, the futuristic heads-up display that Brin's team has been building in secret. As a zeppelin circled above Moscone Center in San Francisco, a team of skydivers plunged onto the roof while streaming the whole thing from Google Glass. From there the glasses were passed off to a team of stunt bikers, who eventually rappelled down the side of the convention center before biking into the keynote presentation to a wild ovation. The company began taking preorders for a $1,500 "developer preview" version of the glasses scheduled to arrive next year. That's just one of the special projects Brin is working on; another one, the self-driving car project , made significant progress this year. Page may get more attention as Google's CEO, but in 2012 Brin looked like he was having more fun.

For more on this story, see " Extreme keynoting: How Google pulled off its skydiving stunt ."

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