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Google has lodged information about its forthcoming “Glass” spectacle-mounted computer with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC), but has asked that many details be kept from the public eye. Available here, the eight PDF files the FCC has made public comprise correspondence between Google and the FCC and the results of …

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Anonymous Coward

Seriously?

"Warwick Wong"

Seriously?

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...if you'll excuse the pun. What about the large percentage of us who already have to wear glasses? Will we now be forced to use contacts (which I do not like) in order to use Glass?

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Anonymous Coward

"...if you'll excuse the pun. What about the large percentage of us who already have to wear glasses? Will we now be forced to use contacts (which I do not like) in order to use Glass?"

Since we already have the frame, surely we can be sold a cheaper model that clips onto it. From what I've heard from non-glasses wearing people moaning about how weird 3D glasses feel, the only people who would feel comfortable wearing Google's Glass is current glasses wearers anyway.

On the other hand, BT headsets became an accessory for a few so I'm probably wrong.

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Maybe Google will let you put your grade in online and then send you a prescription based pair of glasses?

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.if you'll excuse the pun. What about the large percentage of us who already have to wear glasses?

I thought the same, to lazy to do a proper search but..

"According to the Vision Council of America, approximately 75% of adults use some sort of vision correction. About 64% of them wear eyeglasses, and about 11% wear contact lenses, either exclusively, or with glasses"

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Anonymous Coward

It's simple; you get a prescription Glass.

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WTF?

Apple doesn't ...

copy it simply patents prior art.

Sorry to hear they lost triple damages and a ban on importations. Not.

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Headmaster

Erk?

non-sequiter of the week.

The story is about Google. And the FCC. Which is about radio compatibility. not patents

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Anonymous Coward

Company that copies others doesn't want to be copied

Apparently Google's previous attitude secrets and patents block innovation if someone else has them falls over when it's Google's idea, when suddenly litigation and innovation go hand in hand.

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If they don't want it published everywhere, they probably shouldn't be doing it in the first place.

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Happy

You are Eric Schmidt and I claim my prize.

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Hehe. I wish. Well, for the salary, anyway. Just pointing out what a truly arsehole statement that was...everybody has things they don't want broadcasting; whether it be research; things they are shy about; or things they did but now regret.

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GOOGLE are trying to patent Prior Art

After all, there are PLENTY of scifi stories with these glasses in, Star Wars - The Empire Strikes Back being the most obvious to me while still 1/2 asleep.

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Re: GOOGLE are trying to patent Prior Art

You fail at reading the article AND one of the comments.

This is NOT about patents.

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Re: GOOGLE are trying to patent Prior Art

The stories you've read in books, seen in films, been told about by a mate down the pub etc are not prior art, they're just "wouldn't it be cool if..." ideas, which aren't patentable for what should be obvious reasons.

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Re: GOOGLE are trying to patent Prior Art

There WERE no other comments displayed when I sent my comment in RETARD!!

(Jesh, these Googlefanbois are worse than the Apple ones).

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Re: GOOGLE are trying to patent Prior Art

Would you go back and RTFA!!

This is about Google's filing with the US FCC (Federal Communications Commission) to allow it to sell these glasses. Since they incorporate some kind of radio transmitter, FCC approval is required before they can be sold.

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WTF?

Battery near ear

I don't understand the fear of El Reg for a battery near your ear.

I'd rather have several batteries near my ear than a 1+ GHz processor + bluetooth + wifi near my head. Or are you also paranoid enough not to wear a Petzl headlamp?

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Re: Battery near ear

And as their years advance, maybe they'll become familiar with that battery-powered device that fits between the skull and earlobe: a hearing aid.

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Re: Battery near ear

It loks a little lopsided (weight-wise, at least). Wouldn't it be better to have a small battery on each side to balance it out?

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Re: Battery near ear

But unlike these glasses, your phone's battery is nowhere near your head, especially when you make a call.

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Very excited

I hate to get pulled further into the Google ecosystem but I'm really looking forward to getting a pair of these when they come out. I know they'll be kinda pricey and probably not that great in their first release but I just want them SO badly!

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Not Good Enough

I like the idea of a HUD for me noggin, but this first attempt at commercialising the idea doesn't look like it will deliver. From what I've seen, it's just moving the display from something such as a mobile phone to a screen in front of your eye. It will become interesting when the technology is there to do proper AR, eg. have the displayed graphics track and label things in the real world.

Just sticking an email in front of me is neat, but not the future I'm still waiting for.

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Black Helicopters

Prior art?

I'm sure they just nicked this out of a DS9 episode, think they had something similar on one of the bad guys ships?

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WTF?

Scotland..

We have a saying in Scotland:

Aye right!

( feel free to argue about the punctuation )

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Headband

Given that the Glasses (Capital G to differentiate from everyone else's glasses) are not going to be light, will they come with a headband/strap to keep them on.

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Anonymous Coward

Short Confidentiality is not Google begging the FCC

Wish the author of this article would research the topic and not make sensationalist headlines, poor journalism IMHO and obviously a slow news day. Google have not begged the FCC for secrecy, the FCC allow short term confidentiality to be granted for everyone who requests it when they have their products certified by the FCC, IT IS NOTHING SPECIAL.

As for the product, it is nothing special either, just a display mounted on some glasses connected to a phone or tablet via bluetooth, just another excuse for walking into something or getting run-over.

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Re: Short Confidentiality is not Google begging the FCC

Seconded.

This is completely normal procedure for anything requiring FCC approval (in other words anything with a radio transmitter). The only story here is that google have a prototype ready with what they hope will be final or very close to final hardware.

The records (including full test reports, internal and external photos etc...) then normally become public within a day or two of the product being released.

It all makes those web sites rushing to post pictures of the internals of the latest product a little redundant since the FCC normally has photos of the same things online around the same time.

If in doubt find anything with a radio transmitter, read the FCC ID on it (on a sticker on the back or in the battery compartment, on phones it's normally under the battery). Look that ID number up on this site:

http://transition.fcc.gov/oet/ea/fccid/ and you'll find photos, manuals, descriptions and test reports on the product.

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