Implications of New Google Glass Patents

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Google released Google Glass, its wearable eye glass technology earlier this year, and they were almost immediately met with both controversy and praise in the headlines, but outside of the tech community it was never adopted and was relegated to something of a joke. Google Glass is a computer that resembles a pair of glasses. It allows users to surf the internet without a phone or computer. Privacy concerns were also prevalent as the wearable could be used to take people’s photos without their consent.

Google started with an idea in their once secret, Google X Labs, then went on to build a functional device. The device, however, was too expensive to facilitate widespread adoption. But despite the criticism it has received, Google is continuing with the project, and look to be moving to improve it. They have just applied for multiple patents, that suggest potential changes to the polarizing device.

In a press release two weeks ago patents were released that show technology that could add a projector to the frame, and biometric authentication.

The biometric authentication is particularly fascinating as the user would just have to put the glasses on and the device could authenticate them through a combination of iris, retina, and eye vein images. The device could turn on and off when the eyes are not present as well.

Other changes announced by Google include changes to the operating system and business model. Initially marketed as a consumer device, many have said was a mistake because of the cost. Google has said that this next generation of Google Glass will be marketed business to business with a new program called, “Glass At Work”, in which Google will demonstrate how they can be used within companies. Google mentioned manufacturers and hospitals as potential high growth markets, but said it will still be built with consumers in mind.

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