Patent shows potential controls for Google Glass

Patent shows potential controls for Google Glass
We were just thinking about how the Google Glass UI might be set up, because it is the key to the entire product, and now we're getting our first clue. The possible control scheme for Google Glass comes from a new patent that was granted to Google on Thursday.

The control scheme isn't likely for Project Glass, because the patent shows a system where there is a projector built into a pair of glasses, but nothing about Project Glass has made note of a projector. But, the idea of seeing controls overlaid on something (like the user's arm) through the screen of the glasses is something that could be part of Google Glass. 

Combine the augmented reality overlay with some hand recognition in the camera software, and that could allow for something like touch interaction. And, that sort of interaction is part of the patent: “the processor may detect when the display hand is moving and interpret display hand movements as inputs to the virtual device.”

The patent also covers many smaller points of interaction, like displaying controls based on a gyroscope that detects when the head is moving, and stopping the controls display when the user drops their arm. 

source: USPTO via Ars Technica

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6 Comments

2. uchihakurtz

Posts: 427; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

This seems complicated. They should use gloves, so we can control it like Sword Art Online's interface XD

3. Tele7

Posts: 47; Member since: Dec 12, 2012

But at least these are real innovations :P

4. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

Ok...I might be first in line to get Google Glass. lol. I think the most innovative technologies I have seen in recent years.....maybe ever.... is the Kinect....and this. I am trying to think of ways they could be combined....

5. ayephoner

Posts: 858; Member since: Jun 09, 2009

a very similar tech was used for the 6th sense device presented a while back in a TED talk.

6. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

gives me headache just by imagining this ...

7. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

This sounds like a very good technology and innovations. I am just wondering how people will get around public places and businesses will want ban this thing. I can see this thing easily being banned in places like bathroom, movie theaters, court rooms, even some restrarants, and proabaly many other places.

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