A new patent application by Google has given us a slightly more detailed look at the Google Glass project and its projected capabilities.
Although everything that the patent application describes is a bit too extensive to go into here it does explain how the components of the glasses themselves can be configured, covering everything from the display to the input device as well as how the glasses can be balanced by an “electronics housing”.
As far as possible functions of the augmented reality glasses go, among the claims made in the application are that the images captured by Glass’ video camera could be used to “generate an augmented reality where computer generated images appear to interact with the real-world view perceived by the user.” Another way that Glass could display images for the user could be via “a laser or LED source and scanning system could be used to draw a raster display directly onto the retina of one or more of the user’s eyes.” Additionally, several methods of connectivity for the device are described, 802.11x variants to Bluetooth to cellular technology – including LTE – all being possibilities for the device.
There is also mention of extra components that can be added to the Glass device, such as antennae, but the hugely detailed patent application cannot be considered the final word on the piece of tech. At worst it might be a wish-list on Google’s part, intended to cover as much innovation as possible, but they may have other, more ambitious additions in mind.