Google goggles go monocular

Recent leaks suggest that Google is heading its former Google Glass efforts in a practical and less glassholey direction. As I have been saying for some time, the sensible industrial configuration for goggles — my term of art for all augmented reality eye wearables — is a monocle.

Google has been awarded a patent for such a gizmo. Here’s some drawings:

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The folks at The Information  have reported that the Project Aura team at Google are working on three or more prototype goggles, one of which relies on bon conduction of audio and drops visual displays altogether. We’ll keep watching, but these tools will change the world as much as eyeglasses have (see Google Glass isn’t dead, it’s going to be Nestified).

I will end with a big question: Why did Apple release Apple Watch instead of Apple Goggles? Is Jony Ive too caught up in his design nostalgia for luxury experiences that he doesn’t want to make truly new things, any longer? Yes, cars, certainly, but no headgear?