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Google Issued New Patent for Google Glass Design, But These Ones Look Different

It appears that a new version of Google Glass just ran through the USPTO, sporting some type of earbud attachment on the arms. On top of that obvious difference over the current version of Glass, the overall look of the device appears to be quite thick, but that could just be the drawing. It drums up the question, could this be what the public release version of Google Glass will look like? Pretty much an unanswerable question at this point, but it is fun to speculate.

Another possibility it that Google could release different versions of Glass suited to different use cases. As pointed out by A Quick Bit, this pictured version of Glass might be perfect for the active folks who like to run and listen to music, while also track their run in realtime.

On the paperwork, it clearly states “broken lines are environmental only and form no part of the claimed design.” So basically, we have the standard Glass headset going through the process, and the broken lines could represent accessories or attachments for the device.

Either way, we are getting closer and closer to a public launch of Glass, but at this time, we are still too embarrassed to walk into our local Starbucks to show them off.

Via: A Quick Bit | USPTO
  • Hannah

    Why the hell are you too embarrassed to walk into Starbucks with them? Grow a pair.

  • chris_johns

    no augmented reality…no point

  • ehTuBrutus

    earbud cables coming out the end of the arms is a bad idea in my opinion. they should come out of the arm in front of your ear.

  • Bassenza

    I became an Explorer a few days ago and I noticed 3 things.
    1) Friends want to try them on and play
    2) Few strangers ask, most people whisper about you.
    3) Old people give you death stares.

    • michael arazan

      The same old people with pace makes and other devices that keep them alive?


    • aQuickBit

      I agree with #1, but points 2 and 3 maybe depend on where you are. Being in a college town everyone asks me. I get tons of strangers asking about them, whether they are students or older people in the community. I’ve had a lot of elders ask me if it’s those “Google Goggles” or if it is a engineering project I’m working on. I usually joke with them and say if I was working on it, I wouldn’t be in college right now (laughs ensue). Again, my anecdotal example is just like yours so who knows?

  • Tom

    “these ones” is not proper English.
    “Google Issued New Patent for Google Glass Design, But These Look Different”

  • aQuickBit

    Thank you so much guys! This just made my day… Week… Year. Never thought I’d be referenced by my favorite community.

  • enigmaco

    I am interested in wearing them and don’t plan on wearing them to amc easton either.

  • Raj Bhatt

    The most important thing to note about this drawing is that there isn’t a battery pack on one side like the current model. Perhaps it is spread out over the entire length and that’s why it is that thick?

  • Slot_Machine

    I hope they dont move the display/controls to the left side. My left arm is paralyzed so I won’t be able to use these 🙁

  • Bailers77

    Looks kind of like Motorola is repurposing some old S10 frames.

  • W. Paul Schenck

    “these ones”? Is english your second language?

    • jbdan

      lol cut him some slack …..

    • W. Paul Schenck

      OK. Slack has been cut!

    • Weber

      That annoys me to no end. My girlfriend used to live on the west coast and says “these ones” all the time. I correct her every. single. time.

  • AbbyZFresh

    Glass in it’s current model is bulky, nerdy, and ugly, period.

    Why can’t they use the contact lenses model they presented earlier?

    • aBabyPenguin

      A contact lens that lights up an LED when it detects enough of a chemical in your tears is pretty impressive. You really expect them to cram a bluetooth radio and a fully functioning display on it as well? Get real…

      • AbbyZFresh

        They can take all the time they have to perfect it then. That’s the point of the whole Explorer program for the past 2 years anyway. It’s only a prototype. I’m just saying my suggestion on how it can be better because i cannot see Glass as it is now selling at all if it goes public.

        • Jordan

          Obviously the contact lens would be wayyy more awesome. Technology is not even close to being advanced enough for that to happen though.

    • Good_Ole_Pinocchio

      -_- . . . the contact lenses are just for detecting glucose levels. We’re a LONG ways off from packing the technology in Glass into contact lenses ….this isn’t Star Trek.

    • Chris Franzen
    • panicswhenubered

      For first time, I saw some people wearing Google Glass in public last week. It was at a restaurant. There was a table of five young, techy-looking guys. Each one had Google Glass on. One guy had a black pair of them, one had prescription glasses with Glass attached to them, and the other three had bright orange ones. The prescription Glass and the black colored Glass didn’t look too bad. They looked functional and pretty cool. However, the bright orange ones looked ridiculous, and in my opinion, they looked like douche-bags wearing them. Even the battery compartment coming off the back of one of the arms was bright orange.

  • snowblind64

    Very unlikely that the final design will look like this. If anything the device pictured in the image above looks like an early prototype compared to the currently available Glass XE.

    And why is the display on the wrong side?

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    • Blue Sun

      It’s not on the wrong side. It’s set up for a left eye dominant user. I hope that future versions will have the option to purchase left or right eye dominant Glass displays.

      • snowblind64

        Haha, I’m aware that around 1/3 of the population is left eye dominant. It was meant as a joke. In any case, as I stated above, a reversible design would be optimal.

        • Blue Sun

          I think that would be the best design format too.

  • Matt Appleman

    I am just glad to see a design with the screen over the left eye. I am mostly blind in the right eye and was getting really concerned I may be left behind with Google Glass, but this certainly gives me hope.

    • snowblind64

      I think if they could design a reversible design that would be best. Personally, I would not want the display over my left eye.

      • Matt Appleman

        Yea the best thing would be to make it either reversible or just offer one or the other. This gives me hope that there may be a left and right sided version.

        • michael arazan

          I’m sure they’ll offer it for both eyes. Some people have dominance issues with their eyes with one being stronger than the other. I’m sure they have probably consulted obstetricians for this. It should be an attachment to fix onto any glasses though, but that’ll come out in 2.0 or 3.0 probably. People who wear eyeglasses are going to get annoyed wearing glasses and glass at the same time. I wonder how heavy it is, cause some glasses wouldn’t support the weight and would cause the glass to dig into the nose pieces on your nose with too much weight.

          • Goober

            “I’m sure they have probably consulted obstetricians for this.”

            They may have consulted with opticians. I’m not sure what baby doctors would have to contribute to design.

    • joseph barrientos

      could also be that the person who sent the image in flipped it /:

    • Tommy Thompson

      Same situation, glad to see that as well.

    • TheOiulkj

      “left behind”… I see what you did there.

  • no NO

    man screw you droid life i aint meetin up w yaw homos