Photo: Owen Thomas, Business Insider
We just hopped off Caltrain, the Bay Area’s commuter-rail system, at Palo Alto to share this with you.When we got on the train at San Francisco, we spotted a man wearing a blue attachment on his glasses.
We instantly recognised it as Google’s secretive Project Glass headsets, which display information feeds and capture photos and videos.
Why is this notable? At this year’s Google I/O conference, Project Glass industrial designer Isabelle Olsson told us that only a “handful” of Googlers were allowed to wear them at present.
Cofounder Sergey Brin showed them off with an elaborate skydiving stunt.
The project, which showcases both Google’s ability to process huge amounts of information and its increasingly large hardware ambitions, is said by some to be Google’s future.
One of them is Vic Gundotra, Google’s senior vice president in charge of social efforts including Google+.
Developers who attended I/O got to preorder a test version of the headsets for $1,500. But even those are not expected to ship until next year.
So who is this guy? Based on comparing our photo to other publicly available ones, we’ve tentatively identified him as Steve Lee, a six-year veteran of Google who leads product management for Google+. He’s part of the team that launched Project Glass to the world in April.
Lee is the person who hooked Gundotra up with his pair, in fact.
We’ve asked Google for comment. Nothing back yet.
Update: Lee just replied on Twitter—it was him!
— Steve Lee (@moneyball) August 6, 2012