Microsoft attempting to patent augmented reality gaming glasses

A 2012 U.S. patent filing by Microsoft made public Thursday shows the company's idea for augmented reality glasses designed for multiplayer gaming, possibly confirming a leaked roadmap that revealed a pair of Kinect glasses.

According to a filing with the U.S. Patent & Trademark Office, Microsoft is requesting a patent for "the system and related methods for inviting a potential player to participate in a multiplayer game via a user head-mounted display device." The glasses would make use of visual and voice data and are capable of facial recognition, eye tracking and providing a heads-up display.


Microsoft's patent application for augmented reality glasses shows a heads-up display for recognizing users.

Microsoft says a person wearing the the glasses would be capable of inviting other users to play games through voice commands, and an accepted request would be confirmed by recognizing the other user's voice. The patent application states Microsoft believes a menu system to invite other users to gaming sessions is too time-consuming, whereas voice and facial recognition limit the amount of required interactions with the device.

The patent description sounds similar to the "Fortaleza" glasses mentioned in a leaked roadmap last year. That roadmap indicated the glasses would be released with WiFi support in late 2014, followed by a cellular version sometime in 2015. Microsoft said the glasses would provide a "breakthrough heads-up and hands-free" gaming experience that offers a "seamless integration of the digital world within the physical world."

Many of the rumored projects in the roadmap, which was two years old at the time of its leak, have now been revealed by Microsoft. Other products and services mentioned in the roadmap and since revealed include the next-generation Kinect, Xbox One and the entertainment services offered by the upcoming console.

Source: U.S. Patent & Trademark Office via NeoGAF | Images via U.S. Patent & Trademark Office

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that is damn stupid, the world have been talking about augmented reality for so many years, it is not a new discovery.

I never know it can be patented, I could have patent it back in 2003/2004

john.smith_2084 said,
that is damn stupid, the world have been talking about augmented reality for so many years, it is not a new discovery.

I never know it can be patented, I could have patent it back in 2003/2004


argumented reality can't be patented, this is an application on glasses form and I am sure it has more specific distinguishable features rather than just a pair of glasses for argumented reality.

the thing is this wont be patent trolling, MS research prolly already have an early prototype built already and are setting out to protect it. Its quite a good idea to see how it would track peoples eyes for holographic interfaces or surround screen gaming like in Gamer where you dont have a mouse and keyboard its gesture controlled. Looking to the future

The patent system should be changed - you should have to have a product on the market before you can patent it.

How can companies say "I have this idea, dunno when Im gonna do it, but I dont want anyone else to be able to."

Spicoli said,
If you did that, it would already be copied by the time the patent was filed.

You should be at least able to show a working prototype in a reasonable timeframe. Let's say 10 or 20 years. Also it's not like augmented reality is new. People have been talking about it for age. At this point it should not be patentable and should be public domain.

1901: L. Frank Baum, an author, first mentions the idea of an electronic display/spectacles that overlays data onto real life (in this case 'people'), it is named a 'character marker'.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Augmented_reality#History

jakem1 said,
This sounds a little more useful and practical than Google's creepy alternative.

Like someone else mentioned...not the same thing.

jakem1 said,
No kidding, that's why I said it's useful and not creepy.

You said its more useful and practical than Google's alternative. Google does not have an alternative to this device. Glass is meant to be wearable where ever you go and looks like MS is just a gaming device. Glass has much more to their device so not sure how MS device would be more useful when you are walking around town.

Edited by techbeck, Aug 2 2013, 1:23pm :

This augmented reality glasses arent meant to use outside? And MS claiming they are working on using it in public, able to play games with other people that wear these glasses? Far away from Xbox's...
It is a standalone device, its just (for now) focused on entertainment, whereas Google Glass seems for both entertainment and information.

The issue is that we're talking about common-sense implementations. Rather than protecting innovations patents are being used to stifle competition. It simply comes down to who files first and most prolifically, which is not what the patent system was designed for.

There's no such thing as a simple hardware design. It can take years to get something like that together. It only sounds simple if you only read the summary description.

GoogleGlass 2.0. If they can produce a pair of glasses that look like the one in the patent image I might buy one, because the current GoogleGlass prototypes are fugly.

Thief000 said,
GoogleGlass 2.0

Different application.. this appears to be an extension of the XBox platform, Glass is a self-contained "phone-like" device. Being as they're both optical, going to obviously be in an eyeglass design.

Looks like it has some interesting possibilities though.