has snapped up a series of patents for its Google Glass
project including the provision of visual clues to locate the sources of nearby sounds for hearing impaired users, which could also assist in detecting speech and displaying what people are saying. Google has also acquired patents for sensors on the nose bridge of the glasses, which could detect when the device is being worn and power on or off accordingly. To assist in displaying the most relevant information at any time, Google has acquired a patent discussing the use of accelerometers to determine what a user is doing. This means that the visual display will be able to tell if a user is walking, running or sitting and alter its display accordingly.
None of these patents actually specify Google Glass, but instead refer to a “wearable display device”. However, it’s not that great a leap to link one to the other considering the descriptions, illustrations and practical applications. It is intriguing to see what Google Glass may be able to offer. Unfortunately at this point in time, the device is only a prototype and being used by a handful of Google execs. It will be some time until we get to walk around with a visual heads-up display similar to many popular videogames, but until then we can let our imagination run wild.