Watch California Lt. Gov. try out Google's Project Glass

Google's co-founder lets California's lieutenant governor and Current TV talk show host Gavin Newsom try on a pair of Project Glass specs, without revealing much of how they work.

California's second-in-charge tries out Project Glass, but isn't allowed to touch the specs. Screenshot by Eric Mack/CNET

We can now confirm that at least one human being not in the employ of Google has touched those mysterious Project Glass spectacles.

In an episode of Current TV's "Gavin Newsom Show," set to air on Friday, the host and California lieutenant governor dons the futuristic goggles with an embedded heads-up display that have been the subject of much speculation and some comedy over recent months.

Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki -- co-founder of gene-mapping startup 23andMe -- guest on the show. Brin claims to snap a picture of Newsom, seemingly without using his hands, and then passes the glasses to Newsom to show him the shot.

During the exchange, Newsom asks how the glasses work, but Brin -- fumbling with the apparatus and apparently unable to multitask once the glasses come off -- fails to answer the question. Newsom takes a quick gander through the glasses to see the pic of himself Brin just snapped but isn't able to interact with the gear any further after being instructed by Brin not to touch the "pad" on the side. Brin seems to be scrolling through photos on the heads-up display by tapping on the side of the rims.

The demo seemed in line with other shots that have been shared recently of hands-free images allegedly taken with Project Glass.

Newsom later told Wired that he was impressed with the image quality he saw through the glasses.

Brin called the specs a "rough prototype" but then said he had hopes they might be commercially available as soon as next year. Hopefully, by then, he'll actually be able to explain how they work. You can see a clip of the show below; the full episode airs Friday on Current.

 

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