Andy Rubin’s Essential is also working on Smart Glasses
A recently unearthed patent filing indicates that Andy Rubin’s Essential company is looking into a potential smart glasses product similar to Google Glass and Snapchat Spectacles.
An old patent filing, dug up by the folks at Patently Apple and granted prior to its big phone reveal this week, show a concept device shaped like a standard pair of eyeglasses, but with camera and display hardware built in. This theoretical Essential device would be used to capture eye-level photo and video with a built-in camera. However it would go further, more in the vein of Google’s ill-fated Glass headset, by adding digital information and images to real life scenes with some type of augmented reality tech.
Essential notes that “Based on the environment that the user sees, and based on the direction of the user’s gaze, the processor can display an image to augment the environment around the user. For example, if the user is looking at a barcode of an item, the processor can display cheaper purchasing options of the same item.”
The Essential Smart Glasses would also be compatible with photosensitive lenses, sunglass lenses, and prescription lenses, says Patently Apple.
In an interview with the Wired earlier this week, Rubin said he wanted Essential to be not just a manufacturer of smartphones but a company to drive the next big movement in tech. This definitely paves way for a wearable in the works.
Source: Patently Apple