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Glass-Patent_USD718765SIs Glass coming due for a major design change? Perhaps, if the news discovered by Quartz of a new Google patent is any indication. Hot on the heels of Intel reportedly partnering with Google to provide the processing chips in the next iteration of Glass in 2015, the recently uncovered patent shows a much slimmer design of [...]

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Is Glass coming due for a major design change? Perhaps, if the news discovered by Quartz of a new Google patent is any indication. Hot on the heels of Intel reportedly partnering with Google to provide the processing chips in the next iteration of Glass in 2015, the recently uncovered patent shows a much slimmer design of the head-mounted wearable.

The patent illustrations, filed back in January and published Dec. 2, 2014, show a Glass design without the bulky battery back that sits behind the right ear of current Explorer models. All electronic workings of the device appear to be reduced to the front half of the wearable, which appears even smaller than the current plastic housing on Explorer units.

One other interesting piece of information to take from this patent: the prism and touch panel are on the left side of the wearer. Current Explorer units can only have the device seated on the right side.

Could this be a hint at an ambidextrous version of Glass? If the next version of Glass closely follows this latest, slim design patent, how will it bode for battery life given the drastically reduced size? If the reports are to be believed, we will have to wait until 2015 to find out. For now, we will just need to file this under the many other design and feature patents made by Google about Glass until an official updated model surfaces.

Source: Quartz

Image: USPTO USD718765S

The post Glass Might Slim Down, New Patent Indicates appeared first on Glass Almanac.

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