Google Patent | Wiring in a head-mountable device

Patent: Wiring in a head-mountable device

Publication Number: 10168555

Publication Date: 2019-01-01

Applicants: Google

Abstract

The present disclosure relates to a head mountable apparatus including two rims, where an inner top portion of each rim comprises a rim cavity, where each rim cavity comprises a first section and a second section, where a depth of the first section extends from an edge of the respective rim cavity to a first depth, where a depth of the second section extends from the first depth to a bottom of the respective rim cavity, where the first section is operable to secure a lens, and where the second section is part of a wire channel that is operable to secure one or more wires; and a nose bridge connecting the two rims, where a back of the nose bridge comprises a bridge cavity that connects between the second section of each rim cavity, and where the bridge cavity is part of the wire channel.

Background

Wearable computing devices are becoming increasingly popular. For example, head-mountable display devices, smart watches, body-worn health monitors, and smart headphones or headsets, are becoming increasingly common.

In some cases, a wearable device may be tethered to another computing device. For example, Bluetooth headsets can be tethered to a user’s smartphone in order to provide a hands-free mechanism to audio based functions. For example, a Bluetooth headset may allow a user to use voice commands to make and receive phone calls, and/or to dictate text messages, among other possibilities. When a wearable device, such as a Bluetooth headset, is tethered to another computing device, the wearable device may be able to access information stored on the other device, and may be able to control certain functions and/or features of the other device.

Summary

Wearable computing devices can come in a variety of forms and designs. For instance, a wearable computing device may take the form of eyeglasses. Such wearable devices may house electronic components within the frame of the glasses. The electronics may include wires that connect between the different circuits and components housed in the frame. Example embodiments describe a wearable computing device, in the form of glasses, which routes the wiring of the circuits within the structure of the glasses. Other example embodiments describe processes of manufacturing such wearable computing devices.

In one aspect, a head mountable apparatus includes two rims, where an inner top portion of each rim includes a rim cavity, where each rim cavity includes a first section and a second section, where a depth of the first section extends from an edge of the respective rim cavity to a first depth, where a depth of the second section extends from the first depth to a bottom of the respective rim cavity, where the first section is operable to secure a lens, and where the second section is part of a wire channel that is operable to secure one or more wires; and a nose bridge connecting the two rims, where a back of the nose bridge includes a bridge cavity that connects between the second section of each rim cavity, and where the bridge cavity is part of the wire channel.

In another aspect, a method includes attaching a bottom of a first top insert to a first attachable area of a first mold part, where a top surface of the first top insert includes a ridge; attaching a bottom of a second top insert to a second attachable area of the first mold part, where a top surface of the second top insert includes a ridge; sealing a mold by securing the first mold part with a second mold part; injecting a material, using a molding machine, into a mold cavity formed between the two mold parts, where a configuration of the interior of the mold is such that the cavity has an eyeglasses frame shape, and where the top of each top insert extends into the cavity; causing the material to harden to form an eyeglasses frame in the mold; ejecting the eyeglasses frame from the mold, where ejecting the eyeglasses frame from the mold includes: detaching each top insert from the attachable area to which it is attached; removing each top insert from a respective frame cavity in the eyeglasses frame.

In another aspect, an apparatus includes an eyeglasses frame that has a frame cavity extending from a first end of the eyeglasses frame to a second end, where the frame cavity in an inner surface of each top part of the eyeglasses frame that spans across one of a wearer’s eyes includes a first section and a second section, where a depth of the first section extends from an inner edge of the respective top part to a first depth, where a depth of the second section extends from the first depth to a bottom of the frame cavity, where the first section is operable to secure a lens, and where the second section of the frame cavity defines part of a channel operable to secure one or more wires.

These as well as other aspects, advantages, and alternatives, will become apparent to those of ordinary skill in the art by reading the following detailed description, with reference where appropriate to the accompanying drawings.

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