The Next Google Glass Might Be a Monocle

Day Three Of Mobile World Congress 2014
A pair of Google Glass connected glasses sits on display on day three of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014. Top telecommunication managers will rub shoulders in Barcelona this week at the Mobile World Congress, Monday, Feb. 24 - 27, a traditional venue for showcasing the latest products for dealmaking. Photographer: Angel Navarrete/Bloomberg via Getty Images
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Google Glass may not have been a success, but the search giant is still trying to make a wearable gadget that people actually want to buy. And, according to a patent the company was granted this week, that future gadget might be a monocle of sorts.

The device seems to offer much of the same functionality as Google Glass, Google’s smart glasses that were shelved indefinitely as a consumer product earlier this year, CNET reports. Unlike Glass, though, the new device only attaches to one side of the user’s head and displays images and videos above a single eye. If created, the device could face some of the same challenges as Glass, which riled privacy concerns among many people who found the product distracting or creepy.

Though Google’s patent was granted, there’s no guarantee the company will actually develop the monocle. Plenty of patented ideas never actually see the light of day. However, there’s no doubt the company is very interested in creating wearables that will convince people to use the company’s myriad services more regularly. Google has been experimenting with a mic-enabled lapel pin, for instance, that works like the communicator badge in Star Trek.

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