Samsung patents augmented reality interface for its Google Glass rival

Samsung patents augmented reality interface for its Google Glass rival
Samsung received a patent for an augmented reality keyboard, which might be used in Sammy's rumored smart glasses (Samsung Glass?). The images, which are accompanying the patent, reveal an augmented reality keyboard, which is projected on the fingers of the user.

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.


source: USPTO via SamMobile

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15 Comments

1. Malki

Posts: 68; Member since: Feb 20, 2013

This is nice, hope they will do something like this, not like the ''foldable phone'' patent

2. tech2

Posts: 3487; Member since: Oct 26, 2012

Now THAT is innovation at its best !

3. The13thKing

Posts: 849; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

Samsung To Rule Them All :)

4. Vanster

Posts: 124; Member since: Jan 15, 2014

gud job

5. ArtSim98

Posts: 3535; Member since: Dec 21, 2012

I have to say that this looks nice!

7. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

sign language?

8. protozeloz

Posts: 5396; Member since: Sep 16, 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: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 2011

I have to say this is a very nice concept

10. deewinc

Posts: 455; Member since: Feb 21, 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: Oct 29, 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: Oct 29, 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: 717; Member since: Dec 27, 2013

holy s**t, this is a real patent. Nice job Samsung eventhough I still hate you

14. noteseries

Posts: 80; Member since: Oct 29, 2013

we need to put sensor on palm or at least using gloves, this is good inovation

15. galanoth07

Posts: 44; Member since: Jan 23, 2014

I just can't imagine how this thing will work. Especially when you're walking/running :)

16. ecmedic4

Posts: 520; Member since: May 02, 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.

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