Microsoft patent application describes augmented reality glasses

By on November 23, 2012, 10:59 AM

A patent application published yesterday suggests Microsoft may be cooking its own version of Google's Project Glass. The document points to a head-mounted system that combines an integrated camera with a transparent display for overlaying information on objects within the user's field of view.

There seem to be some fundamental differences between what Microsoft proposes and what Google has been doing. The device described in the patent application is not intended to be used throughout the day as you are getting around. Instead, it’s meant to be used at live events like sports games or concerts. The glasses would throw up relevant text, images and audio, which according to Microsoft’s own description would enable things like live stats for players on the field, instant replays, and real-time translation of speech or text.

By comparison, Google Glass seems to be geared for prolonged use, with a tiny screen you have to look up and see to get information about things that are nearby, receive notifications, communication, get directions, and more -- pretty much bringing the functionality of an Android smartphone or tablet to a head-up display.

Of course while Google has already shown off working prototypes -- in spectacular fashion, mind you -- it’s unclear how far along Microsoft’s project is or if they’re even actively working on it. The patent application was submitted back in May 2011 but was only recently made public.




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cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I don't understand how this concept can be implemented.

Has anyone ever noticed how blurred a single hair is just in front of your eye?

I don't see the human eye focusing on objects that are two different distances. I fact I can't focus on anything, unless it is at least 10 inches from my eyes.

lawfer, TechSpot Paladin, said:

I like Google's concept more, though I must admit, now that I think about it, this is actually a little more practical than wearing Google's glasses the entire day.

mrtraver said:

This made me think of the glasses people wore in the Charles Stross novel "Halting State."

Guest said:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Mann

This guy ('97 PhD MIT) has been altering his reality for decades and has the patents to prove it...not quite sure how Microsoft can think it has something substantive..may be just an 'ego' application.

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