Google has bought virtual imaging patents from Taiwanese supplier
Foxconn that could be used in its interactive "Google Glass" devices,
according to a document acquired by AFP on Saturday.
No details were released on the amount of the transaction.
The patents relate to a technology that permits virtual images to be super-imposed over real ones, according to media reports.
They could be used in the interactive voice-activated eyewear being developed by the US Internet giant.
Twitter and major news organizations have already tailored applications
for Glass, which has only been made available to developers and a
limited selection of "explorers" who paid $1,500 each for the eyewear.
uses range from practical tasks such as shopping or delivering local
weather reports to sharing real time video streams or playing augmented
reality games in which the world is the board.
whose parent company is Taiwan-based Hon Hai Precision Industry, is the
main supplier in Asia for Google's biggest rival Apple, particularly
for the manufacture of iPhones.