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Google co-founder sets sights on smartphone successor

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By John Glenday, Reporter

March 1, 2013 | 1 min read

Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, is setting his sights on a successor to the smartphone after describing the ubiquitous pocket communication devices as ‘emasculating’.

Brin made the comments following his experiences trialling Google Glasses around New York, a prototype pair of hi-tech specs which overlay data onto the wearer’s field of view.

Google claim that the headwear offers a more natural way for people to communicate digitally.

Speaking at a TED conference Brin lambasted mobile phones, saying: “Is this the way you’re meant to interact with other people? It’s kind of emasculating. Is this what you’re meant to do with your body?

“I have a nervous tic. The cell phone is a nervous habit — If I smoked, I’d probably smoke instead, It’d look cooler. But I whip this out and look as if I have something important to do. It really opened my eyes to how much of my life I spent secluding myself away in email.”

Google Glasses are likely to go on sale later this year for under $1,500.

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