It seems this was the only likely progression of Google Glass. As a unique wearable that (almost) covers one eye to super impose information onto the real world, the only way to 1-up the current version of Glass is to introduce 2 screens covering each eye. Proof that Google is at least toying around with the idea of a fully immersive Google Glass future, is a patent discovered by our friends at GGlassDay.
What they uncovered was a newly granted USTPO patent filed back in September of 2011 and listing off Google Glass lead Max Braun as one of its inventors. The patent filing describes HUD and/or augmented reality Glasses similar to the version of Glass we see today. Only in this patent, there’s 2Xs more Glass, because more Glass means more fun, right?
With 2 screens being displayed on each eye, Glass could effectively offer a 3D experience. This would add a entirely new level of immersion to the wearable, and is something we’ve seen other OEMs target (the Epson Moverio, for instance). It’s tough to tell from the supplied schematics, but it appears as if this version might cover the user’s direct line of site, unlike the current version of Glass which actually sits above the eye, requiring the user to look up to see what’s displayed.
This dual-wielding version of Glass also mentions how the display will change according to the image in the background (real-world), adjusting the virtual image’s saturation, hue, contrast, etc., to offer a more unobstructed view of the world through Glass. Pretty advanced stuff. Of course, some will liken this to the “Terminator” HUD view made popular in the Arnold Schwarzenegger movies, only we’re sure these will serve less dubious purposes.
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