Google Glass Gets Bone Conduction Audio
TechWeekEurope.co.uk reports that Google’s Glass wearable computing device will transmit sounds through bone conduction, rather than speakers, according to a patent filing
Another intriguing Google Glass detail has been revealed: The wearable eyeglasses-mounted computer will apparently transmit sound to its user via vibrations though human bones, rather than using traditional speakers.
Google filed a US patent application on 24 January for its “wearable computing device with indirect bone-conduction speaker”, which calls for a sound transmission system that transmits sounds to the user’s bones without the use of typical earbuds or speakers.
Such bone-conduction systems already are on the market in some products and headsets, but until now there was no mention of this in earlier Google papers filed about Google Glass.
Google also filed additional paperwork with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) describing the feature for its Google Glass project, which the company hopes to market in 2014, according to a story by ArsTechnica.