Google Glass patent shows the future of the project, looks impressive

A newly discovered patent for Google Glass has outlined Google's plans to introduce a two-screened version of the hands free computer, allowing the user to see the heads-up display in both eyes. Google Glass in it's current form has only one screen, which it displays in the top of your right eye; Google Glass 2.0 will have two screens allowing for a properly immersive, binocular experience. Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, is understood to be leading the research for Glass 2.0, highlighting the seriousness of the Glass project to Google. 

Currently, Glass is on sale for "less than $1,500", which could mean anything. The New York Times reported that Glass would sell for the price of a current smartphone - around $500 - which leaves a discrepancy in pricing of $1,000. Because Glass is built using new technology, it will cost quite a lot of money - just like any new technology. 

The patent, uncovered by PatentBolt, shows a Glass handset which is shaped like a conventional pair of glasses, with two lenses as opposed to Glass 1.0's one. Of course, patent pictures are never accurate, but the general idea - two lenses - will transfer to Glass 2.0. 

PatentBolt goes on to note that Google will likelyhave some trouble aligning the two projections so they appear as one image. Glass 1.0 only has one screen, which is projected onto from one view point - this keeps the image consistent when viewed from any angle.

Glass 1.0 does not include 3G - as confirmed to us by a Google spokesperson - so it is limited functionality-wise, as you will always have to carry a smartphone with you. The reasons for Google neglecting to include a 3G radio are pretty clear: the technology is just not ready for such a small radio to be fitted into Glass, along with all the other kit.

The patent application includes more images which shed light onto how Glass 2.0 will be designed. We have included the images below: 

While Glass 1.0 will likely be very expensive but an impressive piece of kit that is build for early adopters and those who love to take pictures while on a hot air balloon, Glass 2.0 will be a fully-fledged computer right on the bridge of your nose - and that is worth waiting for. 

Read More at PatentBolt 

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The few times I ever talk on my mobile phone, I use a wired headset/headphones with it. I don't want a 3G radio signal so close to my head.

If these things can stream movies to the glasses from a phone or other device, would they become illegal to use while driving? Just to avoid people watching movies while driving?

Looks like Back to the Future II predicted yet another thing accurately:

http://www.robotplunger.com/wp...s/2011/09/Video-Glasses.jpg

I remember seeing that as a kid and thinking it was really dumb, comically stupid. And here I am in the future now and I still think it's almost comically dumb, yet useful. I'm on the fence. This is either the next step of Bluetooth headsets meaning only inconsiderate d-bags will wear them or society is about to get really stupid and everybody is going to be living with screens plastered to their faces.


Glass 1.0 does not include 3G - as confirmed to us by a Google spokesperson - so it is limited functionality-wise, as you will always have to carry a smartphone with you. The reasons for Google neglecting to include a 3G radio are pretty clear: the technology is just not ready for such a small radio to be fitted into Glass, along with all the other kit.

This new concept doesn't appear to have a 3G radio either?

As someone who has worn glasses almost their entire life, I am thoroughly skeptical the additional weight on one side will be comfortable wearing long term. I've had minorly damaged glasses that were unbalanced that caused me all kind of problems.

Agreed. I honestly can't imagine wearing something like this overtop my prescription lenses.

Make a unit that will attach to regular glasses, and maybe I'll buy in.

Interesting. But I agree this is one of these devices where it's better to wait for a stable and hopefully cheaper second version.

yup, just like the VR helmets back in the '90s, just wait for a next version - this one makes you look like someone who attends sci-fi cons anyway

and preferably one from a company that does NOT makes its money from direct data mining... no f-ing way im putting up a camera that links me to google, not in a 100 lifetimes

no tinfoil, i'm not concerned about them looking at my dick, i'm concerned about them making money from profiling me

i don't want them to prosper hence i don't provide them with data - if someone wants to feed leeches then it's their choice; i choose to opt-out... oh wait, this is something google and g-fanboys cannot wrap their minds around

morden said,
no tinfoil, i'm not concerned about them looking at my dick, i'm concerned about them making money from profiling me

i don't want them to prosper hence i don't provide them with data - if someone wants to feed leeches then it's their choice; i choose to opt-out... oh wait, this is something google and g-fanboys cannot wrap their minds around

Then dont buy Google glass and you wont have any problems. I dont plan on uying one at all but I am not paranoid and would have no issue or be scared to use one.

techbeck said,

Then dont buy Google glass and you wont have any problems. I dont plan on uying one at all but I am not paranoid and would have no issue or be scared to use one.

You know, he did _already_ mention that he wasn't going to buy one of these from Google. Just sayin'.

Also, not wanting to be tracked is not a form of paranoia. Tracking is a fact of modern mobile computing. Some of us just prefer anonymity, and the freedom that it grants. I don't think it's weird.

Hambone72 said,

Some of us just prefer to anonymity, and the freedom that it grants. I don't think it's weird.

Why I dont post personal stuff online and use my real name as little as possible. Best type of protection is yourself.