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Google patents better aesthetic integration of Glass components

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Google patents better aesthetic integration of Glass components

A new patent filed by the Mountain View giant shows a new design for Glass that allows most of the components to “hide” behind the frames. This enables a more discreet profile, potentially making the controversial technology less conspicuous and more adaptable to regular frames.

Google Glass has been in beta since 2013, and it became available to the general public earlier this year. Nevertheless, the budding technology has been met with much vocal criticism, resulting in users being banned from certain establishments and the term “glasshole” being coined to describe them. The trend worried Google enough to post a detailed manual on how to avoid the moniker.

Many of the gripes associated with Glass revolve around its disruption of social interactions. The technology enables users to surreptitiously record others, which many see as a complete erosion of privacy and social decorum. Similarly, it is not always clear if wearers are paying attention in social situations, or simply checking their email.

By redesigning the components to fit behind the frames as proposed in USPTO patent number D710,928 S, Google hopes to mitigate some of these concerns and entice people to buy it.. Eliminating the outsize presence of the technology will enable wearers to make style choices more in line with the regular public. , Given the great pace of innovation, it likely won’t be long before such technologies become virtually imperceptible to casual observers. This doesn’t make all the privacy issues go away, but it can make you look just as good as if Glass wasn’t there. Your attention remains optional.

source: USPTO via Gizmodo

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posted on 20 Aug 2014, 09:21 2

1. SuperAndroidEvo (Posts: 4888; Member since: 15 Apr 2011)

It's only a matter of time until Google makes Google Glass extremely invisible & fully integrated into just plain old glasses! Very cool indeed!

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 09:53

4. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1345; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)

This is the only way I can see Google glass working. Too many people are paranoid when they see Google glass. But I'm more afraid of the law banning these as the tech becomes more concealed. It can be used for bad and for good.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 11:53

5. Shatter (Posts: 2036; Member since: 29 May 2013)

They will look like normal glasses before they are popular enough to get laws.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 09:33

2. rihel_95 (Posts: 301; Member since: 21 Mar 2012)

this design will allow both sides to be used as battery.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 09:51 1

3. Scott93274 (Posts: 5410; Member since: 06 Aug 2013)

I would love to get Google Glass some day if the price were to drop... but unfortunately, I have a fat melon for a head and I look stupid with glasses... Thank God for 20/20 vision.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:00

6. NateAdam8 (Posts: 388; Member since: 17 Feb 2012)

Looks promising but most people can't even afford it.

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 12:58

7. tedkord (Posts: 14149; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)

Yet. That's how tech works. What did a 40 inch flatscreen LCD or plasma TV cost when they first came out, and what do they cost now?

posted on 20 Aug 2014, 18:36

8. p51d007 (Posts: 372; Member since: 24 Nov 2013)

Shoot, just make em look like hipster glasses, and most of the nuts in NYC will beat down the door to get a pair LOL.

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