If there were any doubts about Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) (NASDAQ:GOOGL) bringing the initially doomed Google Glass back to life, there is an interesting takeaway on that. Details have emerged about Alphabet filing fresh patent applications for the smart Glass with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The move clearly shows that Google Glass is quietly getting better, although many had though Alphabet put the project in ice. Alphabet put the smart Glass project under its Nest Labs division, whose main focus is home automation.
As to whether clubbing Google Glass with home automation projects means that Alphabet is building smarthome solutions into the Glass is a different story. What is currently grabbing attention, though, is the company’s filing with FCC about Google Glass.
More revealing photos of Glass
The document that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) has filed with FCC contains external and internal photos of Google Glass. Additionally, the document contains test reports and user manual. There is also information about the radio frequency used by the Glass device.
Among other things, Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) explains in the documents that the plastic cube placed just above the right eye on the Glass provides a way to interact with the device. The company goes on to explain that operating the Glass starts in the Home Screen, which displays the current time by default.
One can use the Glass to shoot photos or record videos. To activate the camera, Alphabet says in the documents that you press the camera button on the device. Pressing ones activates the camera for still photo taking and holding on the camera button activates the video recorder. You are able to tell if the camera is doing something if you see a green light.
There appears to be more features that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG)’s Nest is building into the Glass. It has been cited that Alphabet is seeking to target Glass to the enterprise market with hopes that its consumer adoption will come gradually. Google Glass failed in the initial attempt to attract consumer purchases, partly because many people didn’t see why the needed it and partly because its $1,500 retail price put many potential buyers off – including developers.
It remains unclear when the re-engineered Google Glass will come to market, but what is not in doubt is that Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG) is quieting improving the smart Glass for a more successful launch.