The firm also filed a patent with the World Intellectual Property Organization pointing the uses the smart glasses could be put to, and those are far beyond the scope what Google Inc (NASDAQ:GOOGL) imagined, the report says. This patent will enable Google to develop virtual reality experiences through computer produced imagery.
Filed in March last year, the patent shows Google’s research into how it could merge its head mounted display technology with augmented reality. The first iteration of Google Glass was a good idea.
The new device is being developed under the name Enterprise Edition (EE). It is projected that Google will contract with the startup company Magic Leap, which holds trademarks for the production of augmented reality content including characters and games like Roadkill Warriors and Moonstone Monsters.
But the gadget has also been made more hardy, with fewer places for water to seep in, making the model more waterproof than the original, according to sources. There is also the possibility the patent could be related to augmented reality (AR) company Magic Leap, which Google Inc invested in previous year.
Imagine a pair of glasses that project a virtual map as you walk down a new road, or turn your office into a gaming arena where you fight out zombies.
The purported headset would create an augmented reality experience that would be more immersive and involving with a wider field of view. Instead of the flat display beamed into the wearer’s eye with the current generation, the new patent would allow for a device to overlay CGI on top of the real world, to create a three dimensional heads up display.
The Magic Leap user then opens up a series of holographic folders in front of him using hand gestures.
Samsung’s patent for their Smart Glasses shows a headset that sports two cameras.
The company, which received $542 million (£352 million) in funding by Google, released a video showcasing its augmented reality graphics in a real-life setting.