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Google Glass patent applications show the future of mobile computing

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When Google announced Google Glass last year, response to the futuristic headset ranged from ecstatic fandom to satirical parody. Many tech junkies and geeks alike couldn’t resist the lure of the potential features announced at the company’s developer conference, but as coverage of the project waned, so did the attention span of the average consumer waiting to see when the product would hit the retail market.

Now, with a Time nomination as one of the best inventions of 2012 and fresh off the heels of a top secret developer workshop on Monday, GoogleX’s Project Glass is back at the forefront of the tech-world. Adding fuel to the fire, Kurzweil AI has put out details of various patent applications recently filed by Google for use in the project. Many of the patents were published by the U.S. Patent Office as recently as last week and include specifics on technologies including: laser projection, augmented imagery, and speech-to-text interface.

More advanced topics address indirect bone-conduction speakers, compact see-through displays, and dynamic control of active user interface through active input regions. While some of the technology isn’t brand spanking new, each patent offers innovative ways of making mobile computing even more compact and intuitive. At the moment, Google Glass is looking to be filled with enough new technologies to satisfy the most gluttonous tech-lover. And once the $1,500 pre-ordered prototype units start making their way out to developers, we may be in for even more futuristic surprises.

To read more details about possible features in Google Glass, check out KurzweilAI’s website or dive further into the fray and check out Bill Slawski’s analysis of 11 different Google patent applications suspected for use on the high-tech headset.

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