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Google patent application shows bone conduction for Google Glass audio

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Google patent application shows bone conduction for Google Glass audio
Image from Google's bone conduction patent

Image from Google's bone conduction patent

A patent application submitted by Google shows that Google Glass might be using bone conduction technology to allow users to hear audio with complete privacy. Unlike earphones, which others can hear at certain volumes, bone conduction brings complete privacy and is more convenient. With the inclusion of at least one "vibration transducer," there is no need for the user to have direct contact with the speaker on the device. Instead, the ear hooks and the nose pad, which do touch the user, will be used to pass any vibration-based audio to the person wearing a Google Glass unit.

Last month, the chatter around the device was that it was designed to send audio directly to the mastoid process. The patent application is for a "Wearable computing device with indirect bone-conduction speaker." Of course, this doesn't mean that Google Glass will include the bone conduction method to pass along audio, but with the patent application, it means that Google has been working on such a system. And it actually seems that bone conduction technology would be a perfect fit for Google Glass.

source: USPTO via Engadget

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posted on 24 Jan 2013, 12:52 1

1. Ohrules (Posts: 322; Member since: 11 Jun 2012)


looks like a pair of handcuffs at first sight :D

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 13:08 2

3. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


Looks like a Harry Potter glasses.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 12:59 1

2. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5482; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)


It reminds me this:
http://goo.gl/JxpCO

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 13:14 1

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6600; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Make sure apple doesnt try to steal tour stuff google. This will be perfect too replace.l my current mp3 player

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:05

8. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6600; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Your stuff. My fault did a typo

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 13:27 1

5. valapsp (Posts: 478; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


What the f**k happened to those developer versions that were promised at Google I/O?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 13:54 4

6. Alan01 (Posts: 192; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)


The Explorer version of Google Glass is still scheduled to be handed out at Google I/O this year, which starts on May 15th

Alan F.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:25

9. valapsp (Posts: 478; Member since: 12 Aug 2011)


Wasn't that promised by the end of January?

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 13:58

7. JonBjSig (Posts: 176; Member since: 17 Nov 2011)


As far as I know Google still hasn't announced a ship date.
But they're supposed to be holding a dev con for glass next week.

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:29

10. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


Oh so one of tests for audiometry (they do these tests as one of the tests to guage the level of deafness IIRC) now becomes a patent technology. What crap really. In any case ... this gives me a headache even thinking about it ...

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:47 1

11. schinnak (Posts: 83; Member since: 26 Oct 2011)


I am waiting for some one to comment on Bone cancer....

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 20:21

14. rusticguy (Posts: 2828; Member since: 11 Aug 2012)


And that constant feeling of tinnitus which if one gets it really then it's all over as there's no cure for that. Honestly this is a crap technology IMHO. Just because it comes from Google doesn't mean i should be drooling over it ...

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 14:51

12. nwright94 (unregistered)


The future is now :D I really want some of these

posted on 24 Jan 2013, 18:05 1

13. joey_sfb (Posts: 3011; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Elop and Cook talk about sales figure. Google talks about bringing new techology into reality. What is the word Cook like to use?? Innovation... which they clearly lack!!

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