Google may still have a few tricks up its sleeve when it comes to the design of Google Glass according to some recently released patents.
The newly released patents from the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO) were filed by Google on March 7, 2012 and show some possible alternative designs including a lot more info for prescription glasses. It does appear that there are earlier designs, however, as the camera module is shown in the middle of the frames as opposed to being incorporated into the HUD as it is now. As someone who has worn glasses the majority of his life, putting the camera in the bridge of the frame also seems a tad odd as a lot of people use that portion of the frame to shove their glasses back up their nose.
Outside the realm of prescription glasses, Google has also apparently toyed with a design that would feature a battery unit behind each year. This would hopefully cut down on the speed with which the battery drains on Glass which is one of the biggest complaints of users.
As with all patents there is no guarantee that any of this will ever see the light of day, but it’s encouraging to see that Google has at least explored some other design concepts beyond the one it uses right now which looks a tad dorky when you see it out in the wild.