Project Glass is a research and development program by Google to develop an improved reality head mounted display (HMD). The product, named as Google Glass Explorer Edition, is expected to ship early in 2013 for $1,500.Project Glass is one of the project that Google X Lab is working on, and some of the other cool things that have rolled out of this lab and worth noting is the Google’s self driving Prius.
The Project Glass demo prototype resembled a normal eyewear, with the lens replaced with heads up display. Basically, Project Glass products would be displaying real time information that is currently accessible to most smartphone users hands-free. It will allow the user to interact with Internet using voice commands, similar to how Siri does, but in a more advanced way and all the content will be directly delivered to your eyes using the eyewear. The design is patented and today Google won a new patent for a method which outlines how the device will lock down in case the glass detects any “unnatural movements”. According to the new patent which explains motion based theft detection, if somebody steals your glasses and wears it, the device will alert concerned authorities that the unit has been stolen.
Here’s the abstract of the patent, USPTO 8,223,024:
A wearable computer determines unnatural movements of a head-mounted display (HMD) and triggers a locking mechanism. In one embodiment, the wearable computer receives movement data from one or more sensors and determines that the movement of the HMD is unnatural. In one embodiment, the wearable computer receives movement data from one or more sensors and determines that the HMD is being worn by an unauthorized user. In response to determining an unnatural movement and/or an unauthorized user wearing the HMD, the wearable computer triggers a locking mechanism, which can beneficially provide security measures for the wearable computer.
The devices will hopefully start shipping in early 2013, and people who got a chance to attend Google’s I/O conference were actually able to pre order this cool gadget for $1,500. There’s no word on as to when these glasses will be mass manufactured so that all can afford it, perhaps Google may choose to improve the technology even more before doing so.