Google Glass could include built-in bone conduction headphones

By on February 1, 2013, 9:30 AM

Despite the fact that Google recently held a hackaton for Project Glass developers a few days ago in San Francisco and is hosting another event starting today in New York, we still don’t know an awful lot about the search giant’s augmented reality eyewear. One key question that remains unknown is how one would hear audio while wearing the headset.

Engadget believes they have solved this mystery thanks to a Federal Communications Commission filing for what is likely the Google Glass Explorer Edition, expected to ship to developers any day now. The publication found a reference to an integral vibrating element that provides audio to the user via contact with the user’s head – or what they believe to be bone conduction technology. After all, Google filed for a patent for such a device earlier this month that appeared to be attached to a pair of glasses.

The fact that the technology was detailed in the FCC write-up means they have deemed the product safe for human consumption. It also means that Google is likely getting ready to ship out early developer units to those that pre-ordered the $1,500 device more than six months ago.

As Dvice notes, bone conduction technology isn’t anything new but thus far, we haven’t really seen any consumer electronic devices use the technology that don’t look absolutely ridiculous. If Google Glass does indeed contain the tech in the prototypes we have seen, there is little doubt that they will change that negative image stigma.




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MilwaukeeMike said:

"If Google Glass does indeed contain the tech in the prototypes we have seen, there is little doubt that they will change that negative image stigma."

And that goes for the entire 'wearable technology' stigma, not just bone conducting headphones. Google Glass will really have to be cool to counter act how unfashionable it is to wear technology. The only thing that's not dorky are ear-buds and headphones. The Bluetooth headset and cell phone holster look more like accessories to a bad super-hero costume than they look like a fashion statement.

Google will have quite the challenge to make sure these things don't look like a prop from Back to the Future part II. But what do I know... large-framed glasses and bow-ties are now 'cool' thanks to LaBron and company. Maybe I'm the dork.

1 person liked this | VitalyT VitalyT said:

Your head turns into a speaker, brain-liquefying reality

Probably also sends in subliminal idea of "must pray Google"

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