If you thought that Google was sitting on the edge of the growing race towards "mainstreaming augmented reality," think again.
A patent released last week by the US Patent and Trademark Office may have given the world a foretaste of the AR headset at Google in development
The patent application filed on October 1, 2018, describes an am A head-mounted AR display device consisting of a frame holding a combiner, a curved, transparent device for displaying cloud-hosted AR contents, and a microdisplay for projecting AR contents into the combiner. The device also includes the typical sensors, such as an inertial measurement unit (IMU) found in modern AR headsets.
The patent is attributed to inventor Ozan Cakmakci, the leading optical engineer for Google's Project Glass team, who produced the original Google Glass device. However, the abilities of the AR headset described in this tray seem to go beyond Glass's heads-up display functionality and approach the space calculation area of the HoloLens and the Magic Leap One.
"The immersive augmented environment can be created by overlaying computer-generated content into a real-world user's field of view, such as containing computer-generated content captions, textual information, images, sprites, and three-dimensional entities," Cakmakci writes in the application. "These images can be displayed in a position in the user's field of view to superimpose an object in the real world."