Updated Jun. 25, 2014 at 7:17 a.m.

Lenovo seeks patent for device similar to Google's Glass

Published: 2014-06-24 15:11:00
Updated: 2014-06-25 07:17:13

In a patent application filed last December and published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Lenovo says it has created a unique "electronic device and sound capturing method." But it sure looks a lot like Google Glass.

The USPTO published the 20-page application, which includes two drawings included with this post, on June 12. It just now is coming to the media's attention.

According to a summary of the patent, Lenovo says it sought patent protection for the device in China in 2012.

TechCrunch jokingly called Lenovo's device "Lenovo Glasses."

The unit includes a "processing unit" and what Lenovo calls a "first bone conducting unit". The devices turns vibrations into sound.

An overhead view of Lenovo's deviceBut there are visual applications too.

The diagrams note a "display module," an "optical system and more than one "guiding components."

In the application, Lenovo says the advent of more mobile devices such as tablets and smartphones, users must still hold the devices.

"[I]t is desired to provide a new portable electronic device to free both hands of the user, to change the operation gesture of the user, and to bring a better user experience to the user while reducing the occupied space," Lenovo says. 

The application is US20140161287.

Lenovo, the world's No. 1 PC manufacturer and a top 5 smartphone producer, has been making noise for many months about moving into the so-called "wearables" technology, which includes Google Glass and various smartwatches. Apple reportedly will have its own smartwatch this fall. Lenovo's move into wearables reflects the company's commitment to a "PC-Plus" strategy and its embrace of what Cisco has called "the Internet of Things" - devices linked to the net.

You can read the full application online.

We have reached out to Lenovo for comment and will update the story later.

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