In the past few weeks the US Patent & Trademark Office has published a series of patent applications from Google that relate to varying aspects of their Google Glass spin-off project for smart contact lenses. On the surface, the new contact lenses product appears to be one that will work with Google Glass as an accessory more than it being about an independent product. That may change over time as new patents arise, but for now it's a Google Glass accessory. Our initial report titled "Google takes their Glass Vision to Smart Contact Lenses," laid the foundation of this project. Our second report published yesterday covered a new micro camera system for these new smart contact lenses. Today's report covers a total of seven new patent applications related to this project with links to five of Google's patents so that you could further explore this project in greater depth on your own. Google covers such matters as integrating silicon chips right into a contact lens, a method of testing tears for irritants, a method of measuring heat generated near the eye and so much more.
Last month Google surprised the market with a new wearable Glass off-shoot project relating to future smart contact lenses. Our report that was titled "Google Takes their Glass Vision to Smart Contact Lenses," will now act as a sort of foundational report for this invention on an ongoing basis. Today's new patent revelations cover the integration of tiny cameras into their future smart contact lenses. The user will be able to control the camera through a sophisticated system using the owner's unique blinking patterns. The new camera system could have many benefits to users and our report covers Google's initial ideas. One particular idea that Google conveys in their new patent pending invention will really open your eyes to the potential power of this new wearable computing device. For many, it could be a real life saver.
One of Google's Moonshot projects is called Project Loon. It began with Google acquiring a company by the name of Space Data Corp who was working on a project to send balloons about 20 miles into the air in an effort to give truckers better connectivity to the net. It never got off the ground, but Google was determined to repurpose the project into bringing the internet to the two-thirds of the world that can't afford it and into areas where natural disasters have knocked out the net. The project officially launched as Project Loon in June 2013. Google's first patent application related to this project surfaced five months later which gave us a broad overview of the project. Earlier this month, Charlie Rose interviewed Google's CEO Larry Page at TED. One of the key segments of this interview touched on Page's love for Project Loon. Our report points you to new patents connected to Project Loon, presents two new photos of the project as well as the video interview with Page at TED.
Yesterday, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google that reveals a new multi-sensor contact lens computer system that may work with many future devices including Google Glass and/or other future wearable devices, an Android smartphone, a television, a gaming system, navigation and/or car stereo and beyond. If you're a die-hard Google fan, then this is a must read; because if you blink, you just might miss something great.
Earlier this month, the US Patent & Trademark Office published a patent application from Google regarding a graphical user interface for portables and wearables in particular. Google's patent application states that "A portable computer terminal, such as a wristwatch having a processor and memory, may be operatively coupled to a computing device, such as a smart phone, tablet, etc., using wireless communication via Bluetooth or NFC." The device is obviously touch based to control the UI. The inventors are all noted as coming from Zurich, Switzerland, home of the greatest watch brands in the world. Whether Google acquired the patent from these inventors or hired experts from Zurich to design a watch for them is unknown at this time.
Do you remember the embarrassing video showing how the new facial recognition unlocking screen process for Android's Ice Cream Sandwich miserably failed by simply using a still photo of the owner of the device? Ouch. Who trusted it after that? Well, Google went back to the drawing board on this problem and have come up with several new updates to this project regarding user authentication. The first proposed solution revealed a new fingerprint and facial scan combination process that we covered back in December. The second one was published just yesterday by the US Patent Office which covers a method that includes taking a second photo of the individual using infra-red so as to confirm that the entity before the device is in fact alive. Okay, that should do the trick … hopefully.
Google introduced a basic radial menu gesture in Android 3.0 Honeycomb for the browser in tablets and has played with it ever since. Yesterday, the US Patent & Trademark Office published Google's patent application revealing the advancement of the radial menu. Samsung introduced their version of the radial menu known as "Air Command" with last year's roll out of the Galaxy Note 3. Google's new radial menu provides greater detail with a sub-menu feature.