Today Google got its three pending patents approved for those creepy yet awesome (yet mostly creepy) augmented reality glasses it announced in April. Looking at the patents, via Endgadget's Sharif Sakr we see all sorts of crazy ideas for what Google had in mind that don't line up with the actual glasses we're seeing come out of Google. Even that video we saw in late April made these things look more future-wow than the actual prototypes, at least according to the information from the Google+ page dedicated to the project and some Google insiders via an interview with CNet.
The Design Wont Look So Terminator Robot Apocalyptic
At least one reason these goggles freaked the Internet out is that they looked too sci-fi in Google's inaugural video and patents. Wearing a computer on one's face like a pair of sunglasses screams Terminator, which suggests a post-apocalyptic world in which robots have taken over the planet, leaving humanity on the brink of extinction. It's not a very fun association. As you can see from the patent drawing below, the idea nearly went in that creepy direction. It's like wearing a computer on your face, which blocks out reality -- all the time. It's like those computer chip brains our grandparents are always saying we'll have in the future.