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AR Advances Shown in Google’s New Patent


Google’s got irons in the fire, as usual.

Last week, Google released details on a patent it had filed with the US Patent and Trademark Office that showcases several advances in the world of augmented reality. First filed on October 1, 2018, the patent application described Google’s newest project: an AR headset that is reported to be currently in development.

According to the application, the display device is going to be head-mounted, and it will have a frame holding a combiner (basically a curved and transparent gear used to display cloud-hosted AR content) and a micro-display that will be used to project the content to the combiner. It will also have sensors like those already found in modern AR devices, like the inertial measurement unit (IMU).

Ozan Cakmakci, the lead optical engineer for the Project Glass team, is apparently the genius behind this upcoming device. The Project Glass team is responsible for the original Google Glass released publicly in 2013.

Apart from this though, the new AR headset also shows several advances that have never been seen before in AR. Its capabilities are said to go far beyond that of the Google Glass, moving towards the spatial computing territory of the Magic Leap One and HoloLens.