With the annual software developer conference Google I/O approaching next week, many in the wearable industry are wondering what place Glass will have on the agenda, and to what extent Google will continue to promote its augmented reality platform. Glass was not a main focus during the 2014 I/O conference, however, that may change this year as Google Glass officially became integrated as a division within Google this past January.
Canon, LG Electronics, Sony, Microsoft, IBM, Siemens, and Samsung are
also significant patent owners in this space. Other large companies
which have a smaller number of issued US patents (<20) related to AR
and HMD technology are Intel, Nokia, Apple, Qualcomm, Sharp, Panasonic
and GE, defense contractors Lockheed, Boeing, Rockwell Collins and
Raytheon, automotive manufacturers Ford and Honda, and entertainment