In March we pointed to a new camera position for future Google Glass products that will likely work with prescription glasses. In a new patent application filed from Google, we discover that Glass will support an autofocus camera. Today Google confirmed that the first version of Glass has been manufactured and is ready to Rock'n Roll. In context with today's patent filing revelation, Google's partially released specification sheet revealed that Glass will support a 5MP camera. Whether an autofocus camera will debut with first version of Glass is unknown at this time.
According to Google's patent filing, the "camera could be an autofocus camera that provides an autofocus signal and that the
autofocus camera may be used to adjust a focus point and a
depth-of-field of a real-world view."
About Google's Patent Figures: FIG. 5A shows a real-world view through a head-mounted display; FIG. 5B shows a close virtual image overlaying a real-world view through a head-mounted display; and FIG. 5C shows a distant virtual image overlaying a real-world view through a head-mounted display.
According to Google, Glass (Head Mounted Display) "may utilize the camera to image the scene and determine a target object distance to the close object using a range-finder, such as a laser rangefinder, ultrasonic rangefinder or infrared rangefinder. Other means of range-finding are possible, such as LIDAR, RADAR, microwave range-finding, etc."
Google filed patent application 20130088413 back in Q4 2011. Considering that this is a patent application, the timing of such a product to market is unknown at this time.
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