Google Glass Prescription Edition Outed in New Patent


Remember earlier this year when Google hinted that a prescription version of Google Glass was in the works? It looks like the search engine giant is keeping good on its promise, at least according to a new patent.

This prescription-friendly eyewear would be more than just Google Glass with lenses, but rather a full-fledged pair of glasses with an attachable module that would contain the tiny heads-up display. This module would theoretically attach to a pair of glasses using magnets. In the patent titled “Wearable Device Assembly With Input and Output Structures,” Google describes the product as “an electronic device for use with a wearable structure configured to be worn on the head of a user.”

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The patent doesn’t clarify whether this adjustable module would be capable of attaching to your personal glasses or if you would need to purchase a new pair of spectacles that would support the hardware. However, the patent does suggest that the two foldable arms meant to sit behind your ears to keep the glasses on your face could included batteries, control circuitry and communication devices—hinting that you’ll need to buy custom Google Glass compatible prescription eyewear.

Google continues to detail the construction materials that could be used for the glasses frames, which include aluminum, stainless steel, titanium, nickel, gold or various other alloys. According to the patent, the company plans to offer configurations in numerous colors and designs, with retail packages containing different combinations of modules and wearable frames. The patent also gives the impressions that you’ll be able to swap out various parts to customize your existing glasses.

Google hasn’t announced plans to commercially launch its Glass headset to the masses, but the Google Play store’s recent redesign shows that the company is prepping apps for its wearable tech device. Google Glass now appears under the list of available devices when downloading compatible apps from the Play store, as shown in a screenshot from Android and Me.

The Android-maker began shipping units of its developer-aimed Google Glass Explorer edition earlier this year, with plans to launch the final product by the end of 2013.

Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa Eadicicco
Lisa has been reporting on all things mobile for since early 2013. When she’s not reviewing gadgets, she’s usually browsing patent databases or interviewing experts to track down the hottest tech trends before they even happen. Lisa holds a B.A. in Journalism from SUNY Purchase and has contributed to The International Business Times, The New York Daily News and Guitar World Magazine.
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