Google’s Project Glass has been one of the most interesting products we have seen in a long time. It is a unique new technology that aims to change the way we interact with our gadgets and the world. But said wearable device has also brought some confusion – Will we control the device by moving our heads? Maybe by talking to it? In both cases, we would look like we are crazy. That is why Google has also integrated a trackpad.
Because we do not know when Apple, Microsoft and Oracle will throw the next punch, Google has just acquired a patent for this trackpad technology from the USPTO. The patent describes said touch sensors to be located in the sides, with support for scrolling, tapping, and even configuring settings for left-handed users. These are also said to be transparent for improved peripheral vision.
It is a relief to learn that these will have a direct, manual interaction method. Though the dream of controlling our gadgets via voice and gestures seems fun, some can consider it a gimmick. Hell, many of you consider the whole product a gimmick already. Regardless, you don’t always want to be talking to your glasses.
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- Check out the Google Glass forums, see the specs, or find news and reviews.