Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Mobile Tech
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Patents Deal Reveals More of Google
Patents Deal Reveals More of Google's Vision for Glass

By Adam Dickter
August 23, 2013 2:19PM

    Bookmark and Share
After beta testing, Google Glass will enable hands-free interaction with a computer similar to a smartphone, responding to voice commands for searches and other functions. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told the BBC in April that its expected release this year has been put off to allow further development of applications, making an early 2014 launch likely.
 



One month after Google announced it had purchased a stake in a Taiwan-based display company that will enhance its capability to mass-produce chips for Google Glass, the tech giant has purchased patents on wearable technology used for gaming and training simulations.

The patents, for projecting computer images on actual views, were purchased from Hon Hai Precision Industry Co., a key component maker for Apple devices, Bloomberg News reported. The sale price was not disclosed.

Coming Into Focus

While neither company is saying how the patents, once sold, would be used, it's probably a safe bet Google engineers are looking to add more functionality to the mass-produced version of Google Glass, not yet commercially available.

"You always want to own or license IP to core functions of your products, and, while I'm no IP lawyer, it would seem that HUD patents are pretty core to wearable displays," said Avi Greengart, a consumer devices analyst for Current Analysis, referring to intellectual property for heads-up displays.

Our e-mail to Google asking how the patents would be used was not answered in time for publication. There was no mention of the deal on Google's official blog for company news as of Friday afternoon.

After beta testing, Google Glass will enable hands-free interaction with a computer similar to a smartphone, responding to voice commands for searches and other functions. Google Chairman Eric Schmidt told the BBC in April that its expected release this year has been put off to allow further development of applications, making an early 2014 launch more likely.

Together with smart watches believed to be under development by Apple, Samsung and others, Google Glass will usher in a new era of wearable tech that will further integrate connectivity with daily life. Could a smart tie be far behind?

Connected Shoes?

"A watch and Glass are the obvious places for wearable technology that display information -- it would be awkward to embed a display in your shoe, for example," Greengart said. "And, by the way, I did have a gadget tie from ScottEvest at one point -- it had a tiny little pocket in the back for storing an MP3 player or other thin/light gizmo."

Another analyst, Jeff Kagan, is worried about where all this is headed.

"This is like putting live information to be read inside the windshield of your car," Kagan said."It makes sense except if you take your eyes off the road to read the information on the inside of the windshield. How many crashes and burns will result from new technology? There is always that nagging problem."

Kagan expects that Google and others will pump "lots of crazy ideas into the marketplace," while some of them will be viable. "Most of it, however will be tried, look ridiculous, be ridiculous, and then disappear," Kagan said.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:



Salesforce.com is the market and technology leader in Software-as-a-Service. Its award-winning CRM solution helps 82,400 customers worldwide manage and share business information over the Internet. Experience CRM success. Click here for a FREE 30-day trial.


 Mobile Tech
1.   Is the Amazon Fire Phone a Winner?
2.   Review: Amazon's New Fire Phone
3.   Apple Smart Watch Patent Surfaces
4.   iPhone 6: Bad for Apple Tablet Sales?
5.   GoTenna: Work-Thru for Dead Zones


advertisement
Android SMS Worm on the Loose
Malware lets bad actors cash in.
Average Rating:
Is the Amazon Fire Phone a Winner?
It coulda been a contender -- but isn't.
Average Rating:
Review: Amazon's New Fire Phone
New ways to navigate, discover, shop.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 
Seagate Unveils Networked Drives for Small Businesses
Seagate is out with five new networked attached storage products aimed at small businesses. The drives are for companies with up to 50 workers, and range in capacity from two to 20 terabytes.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.