Is Andy Rubin's Essential working on a Google Glass like prototype?

Essential, the start-up founded by Android creator Andy Rubin, made its official entry onto the global tech stage this week, but attention is already turning the company's next potential launch. Essential Product Inc's patent reveals that the purported smart glasses may consist of two cameras on each of the lenses with an environment facing camera on the bridge of the eyeglass. Each lens in the one or more lenses 510, 520 includes a dual-mode display, with one or more using facing cameras 530, 540 placed within the dual-mode display. "Based on the environment that the user sees, and based on the direction of the user's gaze, the processor can display an image to augment the environment around the user", reads the patent.

The report describes one example of how Essential's glasses concept could use AR by price checking an item just by looking at its barcode, ensuring that you're getting the best deal.

The glasses would work with prescription lenses, photosensitive lenses, sunglass lenses among others. Rubin also unveiled the intelligent assistant device - the Home.

Naturally, there's a camera mobile built in, which would seemingly allow photos and videos to be taken as well as track eye movement. It's definitely too early to make that call - many patents we come across ultimately never develop into real-world products. All it really tells us is that Essential is working on some kind of AR glasses product in some capacity (but that capacity could be anywhere from basically nothing to nearing completion).

It must be noted that Google Glass did not exactly take off.

Aside from the Essential Smart Glasses patent, Patently Apple also found an image of a patent design with LG Display, and it appears to be the display that's used on the Essential Phone.

Recently, in an interview, Rubin said that the Google Glass did not fail because the technology was bad but because the world wasn't ready to wear them.

  • Arturo Norris