Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Is Microsoft working on gaming helmets and eyewear?

Is wearable technology going to be the next big thing? 
A new Microsoft patent detailing how a compact display system that will work on googles, helmets and other eyewear has been reported. According to the patent, the company has been working since Q3 2010 on a gaming helmet accessory for at its Xbox console and a pair of glasses to be used with smartphones and other portable devices.

Microsoft's patent calls for a virtual projector system involving lasers that are used to beam images in front of each eye. Due to the fact that our eyes are unable to process images that are too close, these images would be shrunk such that they appear to be further away.

These images will also be partially transparent, so that users can see external objects in the real world. The company also talked about the potential of creating a stereoscopic 3D effect by projecting "slightly different images concurrently".

The New York Times had previously reported that Google would introduce an augmented reality glasses by the end of the year. Although it seems unlikely, perhaps Microsoft will beat its rival to market with a similar product.
Via Wired and Patent Bolt

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Source From CNET

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