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Patent show how Google Glass could use augmented reality to control your garage door, fridge, and more

A new patent related to Project Glass could give us an idea of how Google plans to merge the high-tech eyewear with our everyday lives, and it’s a pretty damn cool concept. Using everything from built in sensors and connectivity like RFID and Bluetooth to visual identifiers like QR codes, Glass could detect everyday objects and “project” an augmented reality user interface onto them.

The result might be a virtual control panel for opening or shutting the garage door or an interactive “display” on the fridge door reminding you to pick up some milk. Based on what Google has shown us about Glass, these objects could be controlled by voice commands (of course, all would need to be fitted with some sort of wireless connectivity for any of this to work).

At first, Google Glass seemed like a pretty bizarre concept for a company like Google to develop. While it still might be a bit ahead of its time (like many Google products), the more we learn about how Glass is envisioned to be part of our everyday lives, the more and more exciting the possibilities seem. We’re looking forward to having a go at the smart headgear the first chance we get.

[via Engadget]

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  • Toilet Seat Wipe

    I’m waiting for the X Ray vision feature so I can see through my secretary’s dress!

    • PhilNelwyn

      Then I’ll start selling tinfoil dresses…

    • Richard Braley

      why? just stand outside of your secretaries garage when she’s changing inside and issue the command to open garage door when prompted. LOL

  • bmg314

    Heads up, Googs(get it?)… Apple is getting patents involving augmented reality also… just sayin..

    • Jeff Carter

      I’m sure Google expected it. Pretty much anytime someone comes up with something innovative, Apple does it next

  • Spence from KC

    My only concern with the Google Glass is the battery life on it. If a person is expected to have it up and running the entire time they are up and about, I just don’t see how current battery technology will be able to accommodate that.

    Now, mind you, I LOVE the concept of the Glass, and am glad that they finally posted pics of it on Rx glasses.

    • Trevor Bradbury

      I imagine the power requirements are quite slight though compared to a typical smartphone. I believe the concept is that it will connect to your smartphone over bluetooth to offload the cellular and wifi comms requirements. The tiny screen should also consume a fraction of the power of a typical screen.

      I suppose the most comparable product is a bluetooth handsfree earpiece, with the most modern variants now starting to have onboard processing, sensors and the like built in. Glass is basically that with a tiny screen and camera added and packaged nicely.

      • Brian Charles

        Exactly

  • SuperShrug

    People are going to start taking off their glasses and looking around briefly to make sure no one else sees that, just like they take off their headphones to make sure they’re not too loud.

  • hemipw54

    Oh man, criminals and other underworld sorts are going to love Google Glass.

    • Mike Kister

      password protected

  • Richard Braley

    I’m waiting for facebook integration. I’m gonna flip when I stare at a chick and get prompted how many guys checked into her and if I know these people. Not to mention the anti virus updates that will identify and protect me from STD’s upon visual inspection.