Google's patent for a type of Glass-like device that produces holographic images was recently approved by the US Patent Office.
Google may soon be producing a Google Glass-type of eye wearable that produces holographic images after the patent it filed in March, called the "Lightguide with Multiple In-Coupling Holograms for Head Wearable Display" was given the stamp of approval at the US Patent Office recently.
With the search engine giant's current Google Glass placed on the back burner for now, the company is reportedly planning to bring another kind of wearable to the market under its Project Aura department.
Based on the patent schematics, the smart eyewear is geared at generating holograms that are meant to interact with the content a user sees on a lens mounted on one side of the device. The wearable will utilize augmented reality and enhance this view by overlaying it with CGI, viewable through what the patent refers to as a "heads-up display."
The patent documents have also listed some of the real world applications the hologram-producing device could be used for, such as assisting pilots by generating flight control information without them having to glance away from the flight path. It could also be used for practical public safety applications, such as thermal imaging and tactical map displays, and in the fields of transportation and telecommunications.
More importantly for Google, the device, when it finally sees production, is expected to be a hit with gamers who are likely to use it to take their gameplay experience to a new level via augmented reality and holographic imaging.
The head mounted display is also geared to make the smart eyewear more valuable to the user by projecting content users can interact with, while they continue to respond to the real world behind the Glass.
This is not the first time Google has worked on augmented reality and smart wearables. The company first announced a prototype of its Google Glass in April 2012 where it demonstrated how the device could be used to record video, assist sight-challenged users, and track animals for conservation purposes.