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Prototype Google Glasses spotted in the wild

Google co-founder Sergey Brin is photographed at a charity event sporting a pair of the augmented-reality specs.

Robert Scoble (left) with Google co-founder Sergey Brin, who was spotted sporting a prototype pair of the Web giant's augmented reality eyeglasses.
Robert Scoble

Sergey Brin was spotted this evening sporting a pair of Google Glasses, the augmented-reality specs the Web giant is working on.

Brin was photographed wearing a prototype pair of the eyeglasses while he posed with tech evangelist Robert Scoble this evening at a charity event in San Francisco.

"The Google Glasses are real! Here is a set on @sergeybrinn cofounder of Googl @ Palace Hotel, San Francisco," Scoble wrote, including the picture in a Twitter post. "They look very light weight. Not much different than a regular set of glasses," he wrote in another tweet.

But that is as close as Brin would let Scoble get to his specs, Scobble wrote in another tweet:

Google finally acknowledged yesterday that it was working on eyeglasses that could stream data to the wearer's eyes in real time. Google posted a video on YouTube showing someone wearing the glasses as he made his way around variety of Manhattan venues, receiving up-to-the-minute updates as information streamed into his glasses.

The video showed an Oakley-like metallic glasses frame curves around a person's forehead and is held up with nose pads. On the right of the frame was a thin device, presumably a small computer, and translucent screen just above and to the right of the right eye.

Word of the special glasses -- being touted by the company as Project Glass -- has apparently been a bit of an open secret for months on the Web giant's Mountain View, Calif., campus. Rumors began to spread last December that Google was working on high-tech glasses with a wearable head-up display that could tap into cloud-based location services and detail users' surroundings.