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Google Awarded Three Patents For Project Glass

May 18, 2012

Google has been awarded three patents for a “wearable display device” with the appearance and functionality of its ℠Project Glass´ augmented reality eyewear.

The Internet search giant patented the “ornamental design” of the glasses, which resemble typical sleek-lined sunglasses but include Google´s secret technology.

The company submitted patent applications for the wearable display device last fall, which were formally assigned on Tuesday (see here, here and here).

While the patents lack a detailed description, they include references to display designs for showing data and playing music.

Google X, the company´s secretive research lab, announced Project Glass last month, and had demonstrated some early prototypes of the device.

Some of Google´s executives, including co-founder Sergey Brin and Vice President of Engineering Vic Gundotra, are currently testing the devices.

Images associated with the patents show different versions of the wearable display device, including those with and without lenses.

In a video that shows the glasses from the perspective of the person wearing them, Google demonstrated how the eyewear could be used to communicate with friends, listen to music, and, of course, search for information.

Sebastian Thrun, one of the Google engineers behind Project Glass, told CNET that early tests show the glasses are best suited for taking and sharing photos.


Source: RedOrbit Staff & Wire Reports