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Google's Project Glass: Action photos from your eyewear

A new image of a Googler spinning his son while wearing a future-tech prototype has excited users who now have better insight into its potential.

A picture of Sebastian Thrun's son, Jasper, taken with Project Glass glasses.
A picture of Sebastian Thrun's son, Jasper, taken with Project Glass glasses. Sebastian Thrun

Google's Project Glass glasses might not be the most stylish pair of lenses you've ever worn, but a new image released by the search company shows how far they might go in changing the state of photography.

Google fellow and vice president Sebastian Thrun yesterday posted an image he took while wearing his Project Glass eyewear. In it, he's spinning his son, Jasper, around with both hands while the glasses he's wearing snap the photo.

Soon after it was posted, the image went viral on the Google+ social network, and it was reposted by company co-founder Sergey Brin, who called it "an amazing capture." Thrun's posting has 500 comments -- nearly all of which laud the photo -- and about 1,800 +1 votes. It's just as popular elsewhere it was posted across the social network.

Although the image is just snapshot-quality, and photos taken with higher-end cameras will yield better results, the photo does a fine job of illustrating what Project Glass glasses might do for photography, unleashing a new wave of true first-person photos.

"I think it illustrates a new, more first-person style of photography/videography that simply captures what you're seeing as a matter of routine," CNET's Stephen Shankland said. "The easier that becomes, the harder a time we'll have sifting the memorable tidbits out from hours of tedious video."

Still, Project Glass is about more than just photography. According to Google, the glasses could do everything from allowing users to communicate with friends from the frames to accessing data from the Internet as wearers walk around town.