A detailed patent on Google's Glass project has emerged online. The patent which was filed in August 2011, goes into greats detail on how the glasses will be constructed, right from the bridge to the display of Glass.
According to this post on CNET, the application's section marked as "Background," explains how the head-mounted displays, can almost entirely obstruct the wearer's vision outside of the screen or other image source included therein so that the user can see nothing but the image presented by the device's display system. (From the patent application itself)
A transparent display or headsup display is also mentioned, that superimpose the displayed image over a view of the surrounding environment. These allow the user to view the image presented by the display simultaneously with their surroundings.. Google however warns that this heads-up display has limitations of including fit and comfort to the wearers, as well as limited functionality.
The application also highlights that the Glass can receive video and audio signal. The section reads, Both head-mounted and heads-up displays can be connected to a video source that receives a video signal that the device can read and convert into the image that they present to the user. The video source can be received from a portable device such as a video player, a portable media player or computers.
But Google warns that the functionality is limited and more research is required to refine the workings of the device. Overall the patent is very detailed.
Google is also trying to make Glass more stylish to appeal to consumers. According to the New York Times, Google is negotiating with Warby Parker, an e-commerce start-up company that sells trendy eyeglasses, to help it design more fashionable frames, according to two people briefed on the negotiations who were not authorized to speak publicly because the partnership has not been made official.
Google opened up the Glass project to non-developers. Currently the option is only available for US citizens. The cost for getting your hands on these is $1500 plus taxes and you will have to fill out an application form and the deadline for applications is 27 February. To know more about how to apply click here.
Winners will receive the “Explorer” version of Google Glass, a forerunner of the product that is expected to be released to the mass market next year.
Google Glass is supposed to perform many of the same tasks as smartphones, except the spectacles respond to voice commands instead of fingers touching a display screen. The glasses include a tiny display screen attached to a rim above the right eye and run on Google’s Android operating system for mobile devices.