Google Glass sitting at the FCC

With Google’s Glass Foundry events taking place lately — one went down in San Francisco this past week, and a New York City event will commence tomorrow — you had to guess that the device is approved to be used and consumed in the United States, or at least close to that point. Sure enough, listings for the HUD-enabled glasses have been spotted inside the digital file drawers of the FCC.

The publication of these documents don’t tell us anything that we haven’t already known or assumed. We do know that WiFi 802.11b/g will be on board and Bluetooth 4.0 will be an alternate wireless data option, but that’s about it right now. The bone-conduction technology we heard about in a recent patent filing does seem to be on board, as well. We’re glad to see that this wasn’t just a concept Google was dreaming up.

It seems the paperwork was filed a couple of months ago, so it’s obvious Google requested a temporary hold to make sure one of us know what it was up to. Once this device makes its way through all of the necessary steps for approval Google will be able to legally distribute the devices in the United States. Of course, the only folks getting their hands on these glasses anytime soon are the developers who pre-ordered the early preview units at last year’s Google I/O.

Phandroid plopped cash down for three of those if you don’t remember, though we’re still in the dark in regards to the arrival date. We’ll be waiting patiently for those details to roll in, but in the meantime we’re just happy to know that the device does look to be on track to be in the public’s hands — in one way or another — at some point this year.

[FCC via Gizmodo]

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  • Chimphappyhour

    Guys at the FCC…

    “Yeeeeah, we will need to hold onto these for further testing. Yeah, further testing.”

    • RitishOemraw

      Yeah,…..I should prolly apply for a job at this …FCC…….Will be doing a lot of FURTHER testing……

  • hemipw54

    Uh oh, Apple will sue, the glasses have rounding corners a Apple patented feature.

    • scoter man1

      Don’t forget… it has a camera in it too. Pretty sure Apple patented that also.

      • mgamerz

        It’s made of carbon. Sue em.

        • hemipw54

          Retina Display too, well it is part of the eye.

          • HellG

            no one forgets it uses WIFI! am sure apple invented that too!

    • ari_free

      It’s innovative. Only Apple is allowed to do that.

  • Steven Skwarkowski

    Iroically I am looking at these and looking at my own eye-glasses, then back at those…the back at mine. Mine look better and a lot lighter, but missing the plastic nose bridge that broke off.

    Think the wife would accept these as replacements for my $28 online prescription glasses?

    • scoter man1

      lolwut?

      • Steven Skwarkowski

        Exactly!

        TL;DR – My eye glasses are borked…think the wife would accept my excuse that the Google ones are my replacements?

    • ari_free

      You do realize that’s just a rendered image?

  • NIGHTSCOUT

    Have any guys from Phandroid went to that top secret meet Google did for Project Glass?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/SuperElvisfreshlyATT Freshly_Snipes

      like they’d say.

  • https://plus.google.com/108596272537415356460/posts Jason Farrell

    I’m still waiting for the holy grail in VR glasses: an ultra-hd laser beamed right into both retinas (yes, it’s safe), for full field of view augmented reality. Maybe version2 will feature this: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Virtual_retinal_display and maybe version9 will feature an optic nerve nano-bypass :)