Google Glass may be making a comeback. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted a new patent to Google this week for a wearable device what could be a newer version of the Google Glass. The latest to join the foray is a rumor claiming that Google Glass will return in a form of a monocle.
Some illustrations are included with documentation for the new patent, titled “Wearable Device with Input and Output Structures.”
The Potential Upcoming Version
The device appears to be a flexible band, resting on one side of the face that fits onto one ear and wraps around the head of a user with the display perched just above the eye.
This system remains much like the original Google Glass, made primarily for “receiving, transmitting, and displaying data.” What’s different here is the way in which the user will be wearing the device, and balancing it – so to speak – on the side of their head.
The Glass in its new monocle design doesn’t look like a pair of glasses at all. The patent also mentions the possibility of having a display composed of a prism or another structure that could be extended so it can be viewed with both eyes.
The patent, granted this week, was originally filed by Google back in September 2012.
The Unsuccessful Earlier version of Google Glass
The first iteration of the Google Glass was considered a failure despite massive marketing and endorsement campaigns. It failed to spark consumer interest and has battled many privacy concerns, with bars, movie theaters and some restaurants banning its customers from wearing it, those who sported the connected glasses became known as “Glassholes.”
In spite of the fact, Google reportedly has as many as three different prototypes in the works which improve upon the existing device, including a ‘sports edition’ for enterprise consumers. It would be interesting to see how the mystery headset from the search giant rebuilds consumer faith and interest.