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Google’s Project Glass was one of the most talked-about gadgets of last year when the Mountain View, California company made the announcement that it would soon produce glasses that can tell you whether or not your bus is delayed, take photos of a poster, remind you to purchase tickets for a rock concert, send you reminders while having breakfast, and help you find your way through a superstore to the book section. All these things amaze consumers, who now see Project Glass as part of their future.
Yet and still, Google has not come forward with too many announcements about its famed glasses as of late. While it has been said that Google met with its developers a few weeks ago and had them try out the new Google Glasses, Google did not have a pair ready for each developer to take home. Still, we get the impression that Google is testing out its shades and wants to make them extremely special for not only its developers but also its customers. The only other company to claim it would present augmented-reality glasses this year has been Vuzix. Apple filed a patent for augmented-reality glasses but has not yet started working on its headgear. This makes the augmented-reality project one that can put Google on the map, in the same way that Samsung’s flexible smartphones will place the already-famed Korean manufacturer in a category of its own.
Two patents filed recently provide hints into the kind of high-tech equipment we will experience with Google Glass: 1) a laser-projection keyboard and 2) bone conduction technology. The laser-projection keyboard has become a coveted wish for every tech geek out there, as well as some portion of the non-tech consumer population. As I wrote in an article some days ago, Celluon’s Magic Cube provides a laser keyboard projection for most operating systems and devices, so Samsung fans can stop looking for Samsung to produce a laser keyboard (although it would be lovely). However, Google seems serious about its intention to place one into the device since it filed a “Methods and Systems for a Virtual Input Device” patent within the last two weeks. The laser keyboard would be a projection onto either/both the arm and hand. One arm would hold the laser projection while the camera would project onto the other arm. This would improve photo-shooting abilities for consumers who want to have an excellent camera with them all the time.
The other patent on bone conduction will allow your Google Glasses to vibrate when you are listening to music, sending the music straight to your skin (either under your ear or straight into it). The beauty in bone conduction lies in the fact that so many consumers love music but do not get to really “feel” the music. Bone conduction may actually turn out to be an excellent addition to help those who turn their music up so loudly that they cannot hear the noise and voices around them. Perhaps, if the vibration in their ears gets out of control, they may just turn down their headphones to spare their ear (and hearing) the torture they would inflict upon it otherwise.
Google Glasses will sell when they arrive on the market (this year, hopefully). At the same time, they will have families and friends laughing at Google Glass owners, since they will have to speak to their glasses and move their arms, wrists, and hands in mid-air. All of these actions seem to be indicative of tech geeks gone mad. We’ll just have to see how our sanity holds up when this gadget comes to town.