Mark Zuckerberg can’t wait to get Google Glass. Facebook and Google+ may compete in the social space and will soon compete in search, but nothing brings tech competitors together like drool-worthy innovation.
Wednesday, Mark Zuckerberg joined Yuri Milner, Arthur Levinson, and Sergey Brin’s wife Anne Wojcicki to announce the Breakthrough Prizes in Life Sciences. Each year five scientists, “who think big, take risks, and have made a significant impact on our lives” will each receive $3 million. The goal of the prizes is to give scientist doing important work more notoriety so that non-scientists become aware of discoveries that will make a difference in the quality of human life.
According to Forbes, Sergey Brin didn’t share the stage, but he was in the audience using Google Glass to take photos of his wife.
As soon as the event was finished, Zuckerberg walked over to Brin to tell him how much he was looking forward to getting his own Google Glass. Sergey showed Mark how the contextual computing gadget works and Mark talked about his desire to develop software that works with Glass. Facebook has three engineers ready to develop for Glass as soon as it ships.
Zuckerberg tried out voice commands and asked Brin several questions. Zuck wanted to know how to look through Glass without looking awkward. He also wanted to know if Glass could provide walking directions indoors. Brin told him there isn’t a way to do that yet.
Mark Zuckerberg is a geek, so it makes sense that he can’t wait for Google Glass. Will non-geeks be ready to wear a computer on their face? Joshua Topolsky was given the rare opportunity to try Glass out on the streets of New York. He wrote on The Verge:
“I walked away convinced that this wasn’t just one of Google’s weird flights of fancy. The more I used Glass the more it made sense to me; the more I wanted it. If the team had told me I could sign up to have my current glasses augmented with Glass technology, I would have put pen to paper (and money in their hands) right then and there. And it’s that kind of stuff that will make the difference between this being a niche device for geeks and a product that everyone wants to experience.
After a few hours with Glass, I’ve decided that the question is no longer ‘if,’ but ‘when?’”
What about you? Are you as excited about Google Glass as Mark Zuckerberg is?