Google patent application shows bone conduction for Google Glass audio

Google patent application shows bone conduction for Google Glass audio
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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14 Comments

1. Ohrules

Posts: 327; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

looks like a pair of handcuffs at first sight :D

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Looks like a Harry Potter glasses.

2. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

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

4. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

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

8. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

Your stuff. My fault did a typo

5. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

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

6. Alan01

Posts: 602; Member since: Mar 21, 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.

9. valapsp

Posts: 565; Member since: Aug 12, 2011

Wasn't that promised by the end of January?

7. JonBjSig

Posts: 176; Member since: Nov 17, 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.

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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 ...

11. schinnak

Posts: 116; Member since: Oct 26, 2011

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

14. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 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 ...

12. nwright94 unregistered

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

13. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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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