After its pretty much failed public release, the smart wearable device might be coming a lot more strong in the future as Google Glass 2.0 might have a monocle-like design after a patent has been granted earlier this week.
This patent, which was filed at the US Office for Patents and Trademarks roughly three years ago, focuses on a wearable device which is pretty similar to a monocle. It attaches to the users head through a rubberized headband that has touch control as well as a vibration-based sound delivery system. Simply but, the device will send vibrations straight to the users inner ear, much like the Microsoft HoloLens.
The Project Aura, the name of the new patented Google Glass variant, will be placed upon a single ear, along with a headband that encircles the user’s head.
Even if the new version of the Google Glass only covers one of the users’ eyes, by reflecting the video output through a prism located on the lens, the other eye will be able to see the information as well without obstructing the users’ vision. This can also be used in order for the monocle in question to be placed above the eye as well so that no obstruction is present at all.
The Google Glass 2.0 will be a type of device primarily focused on businesses and enterprises, and will more than likely try to avoid the pitfalls in which its previous iteration fell and eventually died. The biggest reasons why the original Google Glass was discontinued completely was the negative side effects it would have on the users’ health.
Unfortunately for the company, mainly due to the flop which Google Glass had at its launch, the new 2.0 version may have almost no hype backing it up and will have to invest a lot in marketing in order to circumvent this major problem.
Considering that VR and AR headsets have started to become a massive market race, with companies like Microsoft, Oculus Rift, Sony and Samsung in the lead, Google no longer has the advantage of being the first company who came up with the idea.
Even though Project Aura has not been officially named by the company as the Google Glass 2.0, due to its design and basic functions, it makes it a pretty suitable contender for the spot.
Because Google Glass 2.0 might have a monocle-like design, this might not seem all that fashionable by some people, requiring the company behind it to make a pretty big push if they want to strike gold by attempting a Google Glass relaunch.