Google application hints at a new Google Glass release, bringing smart spectacles back into focus

GOOGLE may soon make a spectacle again.

After introducing the world to internet-savvy glasses, the search giant has filed an application that could indicate the imminent second coming of Google Glass.

 

The application, filed with America’s Federal Communications Commission, details a device with the nickname GG1.

Internet to your eye ... Google Glass delivered a smartphone connection and updates to a tiny screen above the wearer’s right eye.

But that’s not the only hint it might be a redesigned Google Glass.

According to the filing, the device will have Bluetooth Low Energy and wi-fi connections, a non-removable battery, a wall charger and a USB connection.

And, perhaps most tellingly, the FCC certification label will not be shown physically on the device but in an electronic label the same shape as a Google Glass screen.

Telling label ... An electronic label for a new Google device, nicknamed GG1, could indicate a redesigned Google Glass.

Google’s second smartglasses would come after a controversial and halted start for the technology that was announced in 2012 and offered to Google developers in 2013 with a $US1500 price tag.

The glasses connected to Google Android smartphones and delivered notifications to a tiny screen above the wearer’s right eye.

A microphone let wearers give voice commands to the spectacles, and a bone induction speaker delivered audio. A camera on its side let wearers record photos and video.

Testing specs ... Google Glass ‘explorer’ Cathie Reid tested the first model of Google Glass. (Photo: Adam Head)

Google ended availability and the test period for Glass in January this year, however, saying it had “graduated” from the Google X lab and would become an official Google product under the leadership of Nest chief executive Tony Fadell.

However, the reception for smartglasses has been mixed, with Juniper Research predicting the spectacles will not see 10 million sales until 2018 due to the “lack of a key consumer use case”.

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