Here's how the second generation of Google Glass might end up looking like

According to certain reports, there's been a serious decline in the interest towards Google's Glass smartglasses. Reportedly, both the early dopters (the so-called "Explorers") and the software developers have moved on - the former have been trying to get rid of the wearable by putting it up for sale, while the latter have apparently ceased to work on software for Glass. Thus, it is pretty logical that Google will have to outdo itself with the second generation of the headwear that it's reportedly prepping in the moment.

Well, we've already heard what some of the hardware inside Google Glass 2 might be - an Intel-made chipset, in particular - but some interesting patent images that came to surface just today might be revealing a possible design for the revisited smartglasses. Google's patent in question (D718,765) has been given the carte blanche by the USPTO today, and regards the "ornamental design for a wearable display device" - the second generation of Google Glass immediately pops in mind. The accompanying patent images reveals a much slimmer and "toned-down" design for the gadget, which might end up being a whole lot easier to wear and use.

Unlike the first-gen Google Glass, its successor seems to be lacking the large encasing that was positioned right over the user's right ear. On the contrary, it seems that Mountain View could have successfully crammed up all of the necessary hardware in the touchpad-enabled side of the glasses.

Then again, nobody can be a 100%-sure that the next Google Glass will employ the particular design that has been depicted into the patent in question. As usual, time will tell.


source: USPTO (1), (2) a Quartz

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7 Comments

1. Hamid.Z

Posts: 8; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

I don't know if many people will agree with me but wearing glass in public looks nerdy and weird as hell :/

2. magnanimus

Posts: 565; Member since: Mar 29, 2013

Anything that isn't the norm end up looking weird when they start out. The time wrist watches came out, people preferred using pocket watches. Same with how people (used to) prefer books to ereaders. Same thing is happening to Smart wearables now.

3. Elusivellama

Posts: 73; Member since: Aug 26, 2014

Wearing this kind of glass wear makes you into an instant douchebag, like people wearing flat brim hats, or thick horn rim glasses, flannel shirts and unnecessarily large beards.

5. Ketchapp

Posts: 23; Member since: Sep 04, 2014

*glasshole

4. TattooedMailman

Posts: 13; Member since: Mar 31, 2013

Make them look similar to actual glasses with the screen on the lenses and sensors and cameras built into the frame and I'll get one. Until than no thanks.

7. PhoneLuver

Posts: 481; Member since: Jul 05, 2010

Totally agree with you! it just makes sense! That giant camera block on one side looks ridiculous! Move the camera to the centre of the frame and integrate the rest stylishly.

6. xondk

Posts: 1904; Member since: Mar 25, 2014

While I get for non glass wearing users it needs a sort of frame, why not instead make a universal version that can be mounted on normal glasses or frames made for it? let people decide what frame they want? not all frames just like not all normal glass frames fit everyone, and on some people look downright silly.

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