Microsoft working on its own Project Glass
A new Microsoft patent shows off a pair of smart-glasses that feature a fully integrated heads-up display
Microsoft is busy working on a pair of smart-glasses, according to a newly acquired patent.
Similar to Google’s Project Glass, the smart-glasses will feature a fully integrated heads-up display, which will relay information to the user as well as utilise some form of augmented reality.
Microsoft filed the following patent application, United States patent application 20120293548, which was discovered by Unwired View on Thursday.
According to the report, the application ‘covers a system and method to present a user wearing a head mounted display with supplemental information when viewing a live event.’
‘Microsoft’s proposed tech would allow users to partially see through the lenses of a head-mounted display while simultaneously receiving information on objects, including people, within the user’s field of view,’ reports BGR.
It's not yet clear whether Microsoft plans on releasing this product into the wild, or whether it is just an internal project. Google has been actively working its Project Glass for the best part of a year now and even has a working prototype.
Google noted, however, that it was still a long way off from being a consumer product.
There are masses of potential for smart-glasses though, particularly Microsoft-brand ones. Imagine using them in conjunction with your Xbox or gaming PC? Technically speaking, the advent of technology like this could add whole new dimensions to gaming, live music, and film.
Exciting stuff, indeed.