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Google Gets Patent to Build Glass that Doesn’t Make You Look Like a Cyborg

They're still a little geeky, tbh.

It’s no secret that one of the biggest drawbacks to Google Glass is its geeky appearance. The technology might be kind of cool, but many don’t think it’s worth the embarrassment factor of walking around in public with a nerdy-looking computer attached to your face.

But change might be on the horizon for the unsightly Google Glass. According to a patent granted to Google engineer Mitchell Heinrich on Aug. 12, Google now owns the rights to to create a version of Glass with the prism mounted inside the upper right corner of the glasses’ frame, instead of in its current cyborg-y location on the outside of the right arm.

Slightly cooler looking? (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

Slightly cooler looking? (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

This design is definitely an improvement, but the frames still looks a little thin and rectangular for our tastes, tbh. Why isn’t Google drawing more inspiration from that fab DVF collaboration?

Still not ideal. (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

Still not ideal. (U.S. Patent and Trademark Office)

Though consumers might be pleased by the not-as-dorky design, we expect that this version of Glass — should it ever actually come to fruition — would raise some privacy concerns. With Glass’s current design, it’s hard to tell if someone’s taking a photo or shooting video, but at least you know they’re wearing them. With this new design, you might not even realize when someone’s wearing the technology on their face.

Of course, the granting of a patent doesn’t necessarily mean the product will be created — only that Google is claiming the rights to it, should they ever decide to make it. As Glass Almanac notes, Mr. Heinrich and fellow Google engineer Isabelle Olsson have filed many Glass-related patents in the past:

Between the two of them there are no less than three dozen patents granted to Google already. Who knows how many others have been submitted or have yet to be filed in an attempt to get the masses on board with a version of Google Glass that people will line up to wear.

[h/t Cnet]

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