Google Patent Unveils Possible Project Glass Ring Controller
A Google patent has been discovered that could indicate Google’s new Project Glass eyewear maybe be controlled by a ring worn on your finger. The new Google patent, United States Patent 8,179,604 filed back in September, and was discovered on Tuesday.
The new patent shows that Google is considering a control mechanism that can either be embedded into wearable computers, such as a ring or even “affixed to a fingernail”. Providing the user with an interface to control a head-mounted display, such as Google’s Project Glass.
“In accordance with example embodiments, a wearable marker may be used for passive interaction with a wearable computing device. A wearable marker may take the form of a ring, a bracelet, an artificial fingernail configured to be affixed to a fingernail, a decal configured to be affixed to a fingernail, or a glove, among other possible wearable items. A wearable marker may further include an infrared (IR) reflective surface in the form of a surface pattern that is substantially optically invisible.
A wearable computing device may include a head-mounted display (HMD) equipped with an IR camera device capable of detecting IR radiation reflected from the surface pattern on a wearable marker. The HMD and the IR camera device can function together to track position and motion of the wearable marker via reflection, and by doing so can recognize known patterns of motion that correspond to known hand gestures.”
The patent doesn’t mean that Google’s new Project Glass will be released with a wearable controller, just that Google is considering all the angles. As more information becomes available we will eke you updated.