Samsung patents augmented reality interface for its Google Glass rival
Wait, what? Yes, that's right, the Korean company wants to turn your palm into a virtual keypad. Apparently, your index finger will be designated for the ABC, DEF letters and some punctuation marks. The user's middle finger will sport GHI, JKL, and MNO, while PQRS, TUV, and WXYZ will be appointed to the ring finger. The lowest augmented reality row is left for the little finger. Similar to the classic phone keypads, the lowest buttons allow the user to control the case of the letters, input additional punctuation marks, and add an interval. A QWERTY version of this virtual keypad, which utilizes both hands of the user, is also revealed.
Your thumb will be the main input device. However, the patent states that the users may use a "pen, stylus, and stick as the key input means ". In addition, the implemented gesture control allows the user to switch between the different languages of the keyboard and the numeric keypad.
But how does Samsung intend to carry out this innovative user interface? In accordance to the patent, a camera will monitor your hands and track the gestures you make with your fingers. Other input methods, such as touchscreen, virtual keyboard, and voice input have been left out, because they "require large mounting areas, and also the virtual keyboard is too expensive to be implemented, and the speech recognition rate in the speech recognition-based input device contain many errors during operation".
However, this user interface might not find its way to Samsung's smart glasses and remain a pure concept. Still, we are not even sure if the South Korean manufacturer will even release such a wearable gadget.
Samsung's augmented reality keyboard
source: USPTO via SamMobile
1. Malki (Posts: 46; Member since: 20 Feb 2013)
This is nice, hope they will do something like this, not like the ''foldable phone'' patent
8. protozeloz (Posts: 5372; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
I don't know if it will make things creepy... We need to see how this will work on an actual device, but I feel it would be less awkward just to talk to the thing
9. jaytai0106 (Posts: 1229; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)
I have to say this is a very nice concept
10. deewinc (Posts: 156; Member since: 21 Feb 2013)
This is what we call innovation. . . not rectangular design with rounded corners and icons. . .Tim Cook must be chewing off his nails right now!
11. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
i just imagine how it works? because if you hover your finger to the far end of the other while typing how could it detect the letters that you are pointing? since its like a projector type keyboard which means that when you type letters there's a tendency that you will block some letters and the sensors might be tricked out and give many errors in the process
12. applesucker (Posts: 81; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
plus how will it know if you're really pressing at the specific letter? i mean because our hands is not a computer that can send signal to the smartglass......i can't explain it really well but this thing is a real innovation
13. fireblade (Posts: 669; Member since: 27 Dec 2013)
holy s**t, this is a real patent. Nice job Samsung eventhough I still hate you
14. noteseries (Posts: 76; Member since: 29 Oct 2013)
we need to put sensor on palm or at least using gloves, this is good inovation
15. galanoth07 (Posts: 44; Member since: 23 Jan 2014)
I just can't imagine how this thing will work. Especially when you're walking/running :)
16. ecmedic4 (Posts: 197; Member since: 02 May 2013)
This isn't innovative as of yet, its just a concept, if they actually implement it in a device then it would be innovative. Anyone can think up cool concepts, but until you actually implement it in a device then its only an idea.