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June 23, 2012

Sony Enters The Augmented Reality Glasses Patent Race

Sony has recently filed a patent application involving an augmented reality glasses invention along the lines of Google's Project Glass.  According the the application, the glasses will also be fitted with a number of bioinformatic sensors.  
Google's Project Glass isn't alone in the patent race these days. Sony has applied for a patent on a familiar-looking augmented reality glasses system whose advantage over Google's version.

Sony is expanding their vision for their future video glasses to not only support "portable gaming" but also to function as an advanced camera-communications device that could have a rippling effect in several unexpected markets over the next decade.
Eyepieces are the most obvious, but Sony is also keen on sharing data between two friends: transmitters on a pair of glasses would send personal info through looking at someone else with the same eyewear.

If your friends are more than a little weirded out from sharing by staring, the proposed glasses could still pick up information from visual tags on posters, products and virtually anything else.

There is also a connection for sharing data with the rest of the world.

Sony also states that their glasses will be outfitted with the latest biosensors. Sony states that when the biosensor detects "bioinformation." The video glasses (the optical communication display apparatus) will recognize it as an operation input. Examples of bioinformation include pulse rate, heart rate, electrocardiogram information, electromyography, respiratory information (for example, breathing rate, breathing depth, breathing capacity, and so forth), perspiration, GSR (Galvanic Skin Response), blood pressure, blood oxygen saturation concentration, skin surface temperature, brain waves (for example, information about .alpha. waves, .beta. waves, .theta. waves, and .delta. waves), blood flow change, and eye conditions.

According to Sony, the system controller may recognize information detected by the biosensor as a user's operational input. For instance, blinking three times could activate a predetermined operation input. Okay, that one's a little weird. Yet one thing is for sure, the amount of sensors that Sony's proposed video glasses will possess is very impressive.

SOURCE  Patent Bolt

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