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Google buys patents from Foxconn for Google Glass

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Google buys patents from Foxconn for Google Glass
According to the Wall Street Journal, Google has purchased some patents from Foxconn for "Head Mounted Technology" that allows for virtual images to be "superimposed on a real-world view". Google plans on using the patents for Google Glass and said that the purchased patents are "commonly used in aviation and tactical/ground displays, engineering and scientific design applications, gaming and video devices as well as training and simulation tools."

There is speculation that Foxconn will be building the connected specs in a U.S. located factory in Santa Clara, California. This isn't the first time that Google has paid out money to a Glass related company. Last month the company acquired a 6.3% stake in Taiwanese chip designer Himax Display. Some of the output from that company does find its way into Google Glass.

Google Glass is expected to have competition from Chinese search firm Baidu and it certainly isn't unrealistic to expect other firms to come up with similar products. By picking up whatever patents it can now, Google is trying to avoid the situation that many Android manufacturers have found themselves in in terms of patent battles. Google Glass is expected to be made available to the general public in 2014.

source: WSJ via TheRegister

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posted on 23 Aug 2013, 15:48 2

1. Mxyzptlk (Posts: 3304; Member since: 21 Apr 2012)


That tech sounds familiar. I think it's called augmented reality. How can you patent something that's common?

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 15:55 18

2. Santi_Santi (unregistered)


how common? like a shape of a rectangle with rounded corners? that common?

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 16:31 1

5. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6220; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


yes reminds me of some company trying too pay too buy a certain name

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 16:45 2

6. Santi_Santi (unregistered)


well, at least they pay

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 17:13 2

7. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


All you people fell for it, hooked you all with a comment best left ignored.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 16:10 9

3. Berzerk000 (Posts: 3940; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)


Common? Like rectangles, wedge shaped laptops, and a sliding gesture? Yes, it would absolutely ludicrous for Google to patent those things.

Also, they didn't patent it themselves, they bought it.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 16:19 4

4. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1186; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


You keep embarrassing yourself, here.

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 18:29 1

9. tedkord (Posts: 4485; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Are you being intentionally ironic?

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 21:16 1

10. james004 (Posts: 471; Member since: 15 May 2013)


i think its to save themselves from a cheap court case.
as we have seen in past american companies always wins when an outsider is suing them but alot of time is wasted in those trials so google is just saving its future time in return of some asset .

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 10:49

11. donfem (Posts: 520; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Like your favorite fruit patent rectangle?

posted on 23 Aug 2013, 17:16 4

8. dorianb (Posts: 353; Member since: 24 Oct 2012)


It's called preemptive measures.

posted on 24 Aug 2013, 19:09

12. dmat3889 (Posts: 14; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


yall want a good read about patents. Go read how microsoft tried to sue someone over the letter E.

steveblank.com/2012/08/20/when-microsoft-sued-us-o​ver-the-letter-e/

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