Pictures from a patent granted on August 12th show that Google glass may one day look more like ordinary glasses.
That patent, detailing a possible new Google Glass design, was granted toto Google and inventors Mitchell Heinrich and Eliot Kim. Heinrich has played a key role in developing Glass along with Isabelle Olsson. The two of them are responsible for three dozen patents being granted to Google to date
The new design is sleeker and conceals the tech inside the frames, rather than proudly displaying everything out in the open like the current design.
The patent application identifies a “wearable display device” and shows a fairly ordinary pair of glasses. If you look closer you’ll see that, instead of having the projector attached to the side of the unit, it’s tucked away near the hinge on the right side.
This could be an indication that Google is planning to introduce a more accessible, mainstream look for Glass. Other than that though, there aren’t many more new details in the patent.
There’s no doubt that the design of Google Glass is off-putting for many consumers. In fact, 1 in 11 people who are aware of what Google Glass are against it for no other reason than because of how it looks.
Will this be enough to turn people around on the look of Google Glass? If you wouldn’t wear Glass before because of the design, would you wear it now? Let me know what you think in the comments section.