Google Glass patent applications show the future of mobile computing

Photo source: Carlo Allegri/Reuters

When Google announced Google Glass last year, response
to the futuristic headset ranged from ecstatic fandom
to satirical parody. Many
tech junkies and geeks alike couldn’t resist the lure of the potential features
announced at the company’s
developer conference
, but as coverage of the project waned, so did the
attention span of the average consumer waiting to see when the product would hit
the retail market.

Now, with a Time nomination as one of the best
inventions of 2012
and fresh off the heels of a top
secret developer workshop
on Monday, GoogleX’s Project Glass is back at
the forefront of the tech-world. Adding fuel to the fire, Kurzweil AI has put out details
of various patent applications
recently filed by Google for use in the
project. Many of the patents were published by the U.S. Patent Office as recently as last week
and include specifics on technologies including: laser
projection
, augmented
imagery
, and speech-to-text
interface
.
More advanced topics address indirect
bone-conduction speakers
, compact
see-through displays
, and dynamic
control of active user interface through active input regions
. While some
of the technology isn’t brand spanking new, each patent offers innovative ways of
making mobile computing even more compact and intuitive. At the moment, Google
Glass is looking to be filled with enough new technologies to satisfy the most
gluttonous tech-lover. And once the $1,500
pre-ordered prototype units
start making their way out to developers, we may
be in for even more futuristic surprises.
To read more details about possible features in Google
Glass, check out KurzweilAI’s
website
or dive further into the fray and check out Bill
Slawski’s analysis of 11 different Google patent applications
suspected for
use on the high-tech headset.

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