Google patent aims to attach a laser keyboard to Project Glass

By on January 18, 2013, 7:30 AM

Google has applied for a patent to use a tiny laser that would project a virtual keyboard onto a surface or even a user’s hand. It may not sound newsworthy as the concept of a laser system that projects a virtual keyboard certainly isn’t new. Odds are that you’ve probably seen videos on YouTube showing how a smartphone with a laser keyboard would work.

Heck, you may even be surprised to learn that such third party accessories already exist but let’s be honest with ourselves here – a laser projection keyboard amounts to little more than a gimmick on a smartphone. There’s simply no point as the phone already serves as an adequate input device for text.

But Google might have just come up with the perfect usage scenario for a laser keyboard. According to a recently filed patent, the search giant wants to use such a system alongside Google Glass to assist those wearing the high-tech spectacles with inputting text in situations where voice control isn’t an option.

In the event that you are out and about instead of sitting at your desk, Google envisions that you could simply beam the keyboard, a keypad or even a graphical UI directly onto the palm of your hand. The system should be pretty easy to implement as it could use the video camera built into the glasses to supplement the keyboard.

It’s little more than a patent application at this point but this is the first implementation of a laser keyboard system that actually seems practical, at least in my opinion. What says you?

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LukeDJ LukeDJ said:

That's going to be bloody hard to pull off.....

But if they do it'll be #@^@#%^ AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!

Guest said:

I always wondered what that laser thing was that was projecting out near the piece the borg were wearing... Now I know, it was for keyboard entry!

2 people like this | Guest said:

Cue shinning the keyboard on my girlfriends breasts to create the most awesome keyboard experience ever invented

Greg Madison Greg Madison said:

I was a finalist in the Microsoft Imagine Cup with this project in 2009, just before the 6th Sense came out. Ironically, it is called the 7th Sense.The concept is very similar to mine!


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