Sony has filed a patent for a SmartWig embedded with a variety of sensors.
Sony is staying ahead of the game with another device to make people more headstrong. Wrap your head around this (ok, enough). Sony has filed a patent for a SmartWig embedded with a variety of sensors. The Japanese technology company’s SmartWig is capable of communicating with external devices, such as smartphones, smartwatches, and smartglasses. The SmartWig also features built-in GPS, ultrasound transducers that vibrate when there are obstacles approaching, and integrated lasers for world domination. Just kidding, lasers for remote PowerPoint presentations.
Specifically, the patent says that the SmartWig is “adapted to cover at least a part of a head of a user, at least one sensor for providing input data, a processing unit that is coupled to … at least one sensor for processing said input data, and a communication interface that is coupled to the processing unit for communicating with a second computing device.” The patent was filed by Dr. Hiroaki Tobita in May, a researcher with the interaction group at the Sony Computer Science Laboratory in Paris.
“The processing unit and the communication interface are arranged in the wig and at least partly covered by the wig in order to be visually hidden during use … there is enough space to place the components of the computing device … without limiting the user in his daily life activities,” the patent application says. “The fact that users instinctively protect their heads more than other body parts is also advantageous, since more sensitive sensors and other computing components may be used without the risk of getting damaged.”
“A user can manipulate [a] computer by simply touching the wig,” the patent says. “During a presentation the user may, for example, move forward or backward through presentation slides by simply pushing the sideburns.”
“The laser pointer may, for example, be arranged on a forehead part of the wig, so that the user may point out relevant information on the projected slide in the above-explained presentation mode,” the patent continues. “Moreover, a mouse pointer may be set on the back of the head of the user, so that the user can control the external computer remotely and move around freely.”