Would you wear something like this in public?
Google is trying to make a piece of glass fashionable by attaching it to an eyeglass frame. The result is an odd, assymetric set of cyborg glasses which looks anything but normal. We are wary of what we put on our faces and, if it’s something we aren’t used to seeing on a face, it’s a safe bet we won’t wear it. So, unless Google makes Glass look normal, it will fail to find a mainstream audience.
The best way to make Google Glass look normal is to make it invisible. Harvey Ho, who is listed alongside Sergey Brin as the inventor for the “Seeing with your hand” patent, filed a patent in 2009 for “an active contact lens system“. Seeing that that sort of technology is many years away, what can Google do right now?
To make Google Glass look normal, all Google has to do is place the supporting frame behind the head. Rather than having the main hardware on the side of the face, just embed it within the frame. This way, the frame and any bulky hardware is not visible on the face. All that’s visible on the face is a thin extension which holds the glass piece and camera. This can be done in a bluetooth-like headset or in a design that resembles street style headphones.
In its “Wearable heads-up display” patent, Google says that the computing part can be implemented into a “a personal headset device.” So, it’s a possibility that Google turns its glasses into a headset.
Of course, Google can also make Glass look like a normal pair of eyeglasses. Rumors suggest that Google is partnering with Warby Parker to make Glass more stylish. Rather than having the main hardware and battery confined to one side of the face, as in the current version, the hardware can be embedded within the entire frame of the glasses.
The aforementioned concepts are not based on new technology that has yet to appear. They are based on ideas which can be implemented right now. Google Glass will look cool once it stops looking like Glass and starts becoming invisible, something which may be hard to do after so much effort has been spent on doing the exact opposite.