New Google Glass patent shows the hardware baked into a more traditional set of frames


Google Glass Girls

There’s no question that, in its current form, many see Glass as a bit of an eyesore. More of a working prototype, Google has officially gone on the record as saying that the Google Glass Explorer Edition we see today is far from a final design. It was recently Google announced that they’d be teaming up with Luxottica — the world’s largest eyewear company and owner of brands such as Oakley, Ray-Ban, Persol, and more — to design frames with Glass compatibility in mind.

Today, our friends at GGlassDay have uncovered a new Google Glass patent (U.S. 8,705,177), and it shows the Glass hardware baked into a more traditional set of frames, sans the usual prism arm seen in the Explorer Edition. In the light of Google’s new partnership with Luxottica, we can’t help but wonder (and cross our fingers) if this is what we could find with the eventual release of Ray-Ban-branded Google Glass in the near future.

Google Glass patent 8,705,177

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Google experiment with a more traditional “glasses look.” Back in September, a patent showed the familiar Google Glass arm, only with the camera module integrated on the opposite end and/or middle of normal set of glasses. It was somewhat odd and like most patents, we’re sure they eventually paved the way for Google Glass’ titanium frames we see today.

Seeing Glass banked into more traditional eyewear and without the huge Glass arm/camera combo, would any of you be more interested in picking up Google Glass in the future if it looked something like this? Or do you need more evidence of Glass’ usefulness in the real world?


Chris Chavez
I've been obsessed with consumer technology for about as long as I can remember, be it video games, photography, or mobile devices. If you can plug it in, I have to own it. Preparing for the day when Android finally becomes self-aware and I get to welcome our new robot overlords.

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  1. As you can see there are little stick men inside powering the whole thing.
    Also the blonde is still super cute.

    1. OK you take the blonde I’ll take the redhead

  2. NOW we’re talking! :D

  3. “Molecule”.

  4. Okay Im interested now.

  5. That looks awesome

  6. Beautiful girls still can’t make Glass attractive.
    Goolroids keep trying.
    Now if Glass could give a blind person sight, that would be great.
    If Glass comes free with new cellphone purchases, Google will sell lots of them then.

    I think you mean “baked” — Seeing Glass banked into more traditional eyewear and without the huge Glass arm/camera combo

  7. I want to see that display baked into the lens like bi-focals. And a pinhole camera in the middle of the glasses. Completely incognito.

    1. I agree. Google is trying so hard to put the display above your vision. In fact, it should just be the whole lens, so you can chose. I rather just have a recent smartphone quality camera with a cover over it. Not sure how the display works, but I hoped the visual display would be bigger and not smaller.

  8. I’ll buy whatever they come out with, but I eagerly anticipate Google Glass contact lenses :-)

  9. Why can’t Google Glass simply use the typical “lens-shapped glass” of existing eyewear? why does it have to be a cube?

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