Sony Aims for Augmented Reality Glasses
Look out Google! It appears Sony is out for a piece of the augmented reality glasses pie. Sony recently filed a patent for an “Optical Communication Display Apparatus,” which has a striking resemblance to various existing wearable eye trackers and head mounted displays. The intended application, as stated in the patent, is to enable wearers to exchange communications with one another through the glasses. There would be a transmitter, of some sort, facing outward, which would send personal information to the person across the way. I imaging a written message would be displayed on the eye piece, augmented reality-style, without the need for verbal communication.
Another possible application of these glasses would be to pick up information tidbits from surrounding displays, products, advertisements, etc. Now, this is assuming that we’re heading this direction with visual behavior-based advertisement and virtual displays, but companies like Google, Microsoft, and Sony seem to be betting on it. The concept drawing in Sony’s patent application looks far from sexy, but we’ll see if they can pull off capturing some of the Google Glass spotlight.
Source: Sony Invents Optical Communication Glasses for Work & Play
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