Microsoft files patent for gaming goggles and helmet

Microsoft's Kinect motion gesture technology was first developed for the Xbox 360 console. Now a newly discovered patent from the company shows that Microsoft is continuing to look into how gamers view and interact with games.

As reported by Patent Bolt, Microsoft has filed for a patent application involving the use of a pair of projectors that can be used to show images directly in front of a person's eyes. The technology could be used to make products such as goggles or even a helmet.

While the basic concept involving the projection of images directly at a person's eyes via some kind of eyewear is nothing new, Microsoft's patent also calls for the projector lenses to be partly transparent. That could mean that a gamer could keep playing a game while still being able to see the real world through the transparent lenses.

Of course, there's no word when or even if Microsoft is actively working on such technology, since patent applications sometimes don't turned into real products. However, the idea of a semi-transparent projector that would be used for gaming is certainly something that would be right up Microsoft's alley and could be presented as an option for the next Xbox game console.

Image via Patent Bolt

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Wasn't there an actual product years ago (when the VR stuff seemed to be actually coming to the consumer market) that featured glasses with translucent screens with an accesory you could put behind to block the transparency and focus on the projected images?

I actually recall trying them in some computer expo with a demo where you navigated through a sunken ship, or a submarine or something like that.

Image quality was crap (although they weren't as bulky as most vr goggles back then) but anyway I'd guess that this patent will be about something more than just semitransparent projectors as that's been done already, and not as concept but as an actual (failed) consumer product.

Without even going that far back in time, there's stuff like this, which is not just about semitransparent displays but also mixes both real and projected images in an augmented reality fashion: http://www.fastcompany.com/blo...-transparent-quantum-optics

For the sake of patent sanity I hope it's all about the actual technical details of how the image is projected and not the whole abstract idea.

Pair that with Kinect (minus the unacceptable lag) and a 3rd Space FPS Vest and lets hit the Battlefield!

Enron said,
I hope it turns out better than Virtual Boy.

Agreed. It could be interesting, but I'm not sure if I would use something like this honestly... I'd have to give it a good try before investing in it for sure though.