Thursday, February 21, 2013

Google Glasses patent application gets 'real' technical

Yesterday, we at Silicon Buzzard talked of Apple's iWatch patent related news - today is about Google's glasses that have been making headlines since many months.

Google filed a patent application today that covers more details for Google Glass.
(Credit: U.S. Patent and Trademark Office; screenshot by Shara Tibken/CNET)

But unlike Apple's iWatch patent, the Google's glasses patent application seems real technical with its extraordinary details. May Google doesn't want to leave any details left out.

C|net has all the details:
The application, originally filed by Google in August 2011, goes into deep detail on how the glasses could be constructed, with long sections describing factors seemingly as mundane as the arms and bridge of the glasses frames.
As for the display, in a section of the application labeled "Background," Google explains that some head-mounted displays can "almost entirely obstruct the wearer's vision outside of the screen." Others can be "heads-up displays" where an image is displayed on, in, or through a transparent display that superimposes the displayed image over the surrounding environment. Google cautions, though, that the heads-up display can have many limitations, including fit and comfort to the wearers, as well as limited functionality.

The company notes that both head-mounted and heads-up display gadgets can be "passive" and deliver things like video and audio tracks from outside sources, like cell phones or tablets. However, it noted that those would have limited functionality. Accordingly, Google argued that "further advances in wearable devices including displays have been needed," hence its push in the area.

Still want to know more?

Read details at C|net


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