THE Google co-founder Sergey Brin has said that spending your life looking at a smartphone is “emasculating”.
Mr Brin made the comment when he was talking to the Technology, Education and Design (TED) conference in Los Angeles about the future of Google.
He was telling the audience about Google Glass, the web giant's augmented reality spectacles. The comments raised eyebrows because Google is the creator of Android, world's most popular software for phones.
Containing a battery, a tiny computer running, a camera and wireless link, the glasses work as a “heads-up display”, with the intention that they will be used to access the web and communicate.
Mr Brin hopes the glasses will bring a new, more natural way of interacting with each other digitally.
Talking about the way people walk around hunched over their smartphones, he said: “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?”
John Gruber wrote on the tech blog daringfireball.net: “We’re taking advice on cool from this guy? Seriously?” He added:“Strapping a computer display to your face is not the answer.”
Last month Mr Brin was spotted testing out his Google Glass spectacles on the New York subway.
They are due to go on sale later this year. The Guardian reported that a pair had been offerend for sale on eBay for $16,000. It is not known whether they were genuine