Today the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted Google a design patent for a version of Google Glass that could be folded up when not in use. Is this Google Design the next generation of Glass under Project Aura or a version of Glass that they've abandoned? Unfortunately, there's no official indication either way, so only time will tell. The original design, as you could see in our cover graphic, wasn't designed to have the metal rim bend whereas the new design has one folding area in addition to one swing-away mechanism clearly seen in a few of the key patent figures within our report.
Unlike "patent applications," design patents published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office don't reveal pertinent information about a particular design. We can look at the design and appreciate it for what it projects, but we'll never discover which materials may be used to construct the design. We'll never know what unique internal components may be hidden within the device or learn about any unique features that we could look forward to. All we get is the simple visual of what could be coming down the pipeline.
Design Patent: Foldable Version of Google Glass
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