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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8 Comments

1. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 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!

4. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 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.

5. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

2. rihel_95

Posts: 305; Member since: Mar 21, 2012

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

3. Scott93274

Posts: 6031; Member since: Aug 06, 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.

6. NateAdam8

Posts: 436; Member since: Feb 17, 2012

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

7. tedkord

Posts: 17303; Member since: Jun 17, 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?

8. p51d007

Posts: 703; Member since: Nov 24, 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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