Glasses do not have a habit of holding themselves. It is a never ending game of cat-and-mouse as you have to push the glasses back when they slide down your nose and then again push them back. It's get more severe when you are doing a remotely active activity like running. However, soon all the continuous adjustments may be put to an end by a new patent from Google.
On September 8, Google was awarded a patent that plants a system into a wearable device like Google Glass, that would make use of motors and motion detectors to tighten or loosen the glasses’ arms automatically based on what the wearer is doing.
The new glasses would have an actuator in Google's concept, which is nothing but a small motor to manage the movements in each arm that could bend the arms in or out as required. For example, when the wearer is running up and down at an increased rate, the glasses on detecting this would bend the arms inwards in order to firmly hold the wearer’s head.
This could be a huge blessing in disguise for athletes who due to the fear of breaking their glasses do not wear them when active, or the current alternative may make them look like bug. It is almost certainly a life saving solution and an improvement over other potential options.
The one-size-fits-all approach could also be solved by the actuators. For example, many glasses have to be fitted if they are too wide for someone’s face. In such a scenario, the glasses could be automatically resized by the actuators so that they could fit comfortably.
It is reported that the next version of Google Glass may be released in 2016, even though it will have few updates over the original Explorer addition and would just be for business customers. Speaking to Quartz, a Google spokesperson told that there is no assurance that Google may be looking to put this particular patent in Glass, as only few patents turn into products, and the remaining don’t.
However, if the company does decide to develop this technology for Glass or even better, regular eyeglasses, it could the level of clarity for the short-sighted everywhere to a different level altogether.