New Microsoft patent application augments live events

Earlier this year, Google announced its plans for what it called "Project Glass", a set of glasses that would offer up a heads-up display with video and more information that can be seen by its owners. Project Glass is still in development but it may still be a while before we actually see one of these devices sold in stores.

Today, a newly published patent application by Microsoft has come to light that seems, at first glance, to be similar to Project Glass. The application to the US Patent and Trademark Office shows that this particular product has been created with a more specific purpose than Project Glass.

Specifically, this proposed product would be used inside auditoriums and sports arenas. The idea is that people would wear the glasses during live events and while they watch, for example, a football game, the glasses would beam information relevant to the event to the heads-up display. You could imagine people wearing this device to keep up on other games or learn more information about players on the field.

We could imagine stadiums renting out these glasses to people who attend events, much like how glasses are given to people who attend 3D movies. As always, keep in mind a filing for a patent application does not mean Microsoft is actively developing this product.

Via: Unwired View
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This has to do with the rumor in the penultimate issue of Xbox Magazine about the eventual addition of augmented reality to the next Xbox, the same way Kinect was eventually added to the Xbox 360.

Well if this doesn't confirm the validity of the Xbox Next roadmap leak last summer, I don't know what will.

There will need to be a new patent office just for Apple, Google & Microsoft what with the amount of patents they keep pushing through of late. If only I could patent the patent.

Ryya said,
There will need to be a new patent office just for Apple, Google & Microsoft what with the amount of patents they keep pushing through of late. If only I could patent the patent.

Yeah, but at least Microsoft is patenting something that's an actual invention, as opposed to a curved corner, a page turn, or other such foolishness that Apple is attempting.

Ryya said,
There will need to be a new patent office just for Apple, Google & Microsoft what with the amount of patents they keep pushing through of late. If only I could patent the patent.

All of the big companies have been experimenting with glasses like technology for many many years. Even Id Software and Valve have been working with VR glasses for gaming along with Microsoft with Kinect and XBox and Apple/Google. You just don't hear it often because some of the biggest issues such as battery life hasn't been solved yet. The google glasses concept is a very early stage concept. There is still a lot of work to be done.
Furthermore, there is no copying being done. This is just a gradual move to a new sector in technology and all the big comapnies know that and therefore are spending efforts in their R&D fot it.

Even Apple's been working on this for a long time since 2006:
http://www.patentlyapple.com/p...r-future-video-glasses.html
http://www.patentlyapple.com/p...t-wins-a-second-patent.html

The concept isn't original, but each company will defer in their implementation of the technology.

devHead said,

Yeah, but at least Microsoft is patenting something that's an actual invention, as opposed to a curved corner, a page turn, or other such foolishness that Apple is attempting.

Hum glasses like this have been featured in sci-fy for years. I would hardly call that an invention. It's an idea that is older than most people here.

LaP said,

Hum glasses like this have been featured in sci-fy for years. I would hardly call that an invention. It's an idea that is older than most people here.

You do know that sci-fi stands for science fiction, right? Their invention is the real deal. Certainly more advanced than some animation of a page turn. That's the point I was making. It's a real invention, not just Apple patent trolling foolishness.

lol!! What are these? Might be a tad drunk to comprehend, but i'm under the impression that these glasses are for people to ware to get advertisements beamed to their ****in heads, is that right?

LUTZIFER said,
lol!! What are these? Might be a tad drunk to comprehend, but i'm under the impression that these glasses are for people to ware to get advertisements beamed to their ****in heads, is that right?

Third paragraph spells it out rather clearly.

While wearing these glasses you would possibly receive player stats, who's on the bench/field, who's up next, injuries, real time data. This probably sounds wonderful to some people.

LUTZIFER said,
lol!! What are these? Might be a tad drunk to comprehend, but i'm under the impression that these glasses are for people to ware to get advertisements beamed to their ****in heads, is that right?

Only if Google were to make them.

tytytucke said,
I don't see this being useful enough to justify the cost.
(to rent or own)

That's because you have no vision, I think its a great idea and cant wait to see a proof of concept.

This probably sounds wonderful to some people. But paying around $500 USD for a novelty item is not worth choosing over a tablet with a sports app that has been proven to be useful. The market is no ready for this. Try again in 5 years.

5 years? Yeah this tech will be virtually mainstream by then. It's amazing how few people are aware of the upcoming AR revolution. Remember smart phones are only 5 years old, they spread like wildfire. AR is next and possibly faster again. Oh and it'll be cheaper than smart phones, far smaller screen, no backlighting required and minimal computing power while networked to your smartphone means very little power draw.

tytytucke said,
This probably sounds wonderful to some people. But paying around $500 USD for a novelty item is not worth choosing over a tablet with a sports app that has been proven to be useful. The market is no ready for this. Try again in 5 years.

this is a patent, not a prototype. Its more than likely that it won't see light of day for 5 years anyway.

Toysoldier said,

That's because you have no vision, I think its a great idea and cant wait to see a proof of concept.

3D television still hasn't taken off. Studies about that have shown that a major reason is people aren't interested in wearing goofy glasses just to watch their content. If consumers don't want goofy glasses to watch 3D, why would they want them to see augmented reality?

brianshapiro said,
If consumers don't want goofy glasses to watch 3D, why would they want them to see augmented reality?

You have a good point, I will be reusing this argument.

brianshapiro said,

3D television still hasn't taken off. Studies about that have shown that a major reason is people aren't interested in wearing goofy glasses just to watch their content. If consumers don't want goofy glasses to watch 3D, why would they want them to see augmented reality?

Let's see: AR trumps 3d glasses by being mobile, no screen, allows interaction... I could go on, but if you can't see the vast differences in those two (completely different) devices, you REALLY have no vision. But I'm a nice guy, so here's a hand.

Everyday:
You decide you want some sushi to eat and tap away on your smart phone to direct you to the nearest sushi bar, up pops an arrow at the top of your field of view directing you to a good place. As you pass by a hot girl you think you might know her, the AR glasses pop up that it's a friend of a friend and brings up a little profile pic and some social networking stats. You then see her latest tweet is that she's hungry for some good sushi and you mention you're hungry and if she wanted to join in this cool sushi bar you happen to know.

All that isn't far fetched, we have that stuff already but in a handheld device. Shifting these functions to your field of view opens up a wealth of possibilities while saving your hands to either do other tasks or just rest in your pockets. As humans, we love anything that makes things easier and less effort, AR is a perfect example of that and it's being built on already existing technology tried and tested. It'll be even cheaper than a smart phone because it doesn't need a large screen or a backlight, which reduces the battery size and in turn the weight and cost of the device. The real power comes from the processing on the smart phone. This is expected to be a reality in a few years, and I expect mainstream in 5-10.

Of course I missed the whole sports angle here, but maybe that gives you an idea how big this will be in sports entertainment. Player stats, predictions of plays, mostly coming down to queues to where the best possible action/entertainment value will be. As well as helping to explain umpire rulings....

I should be honest and say my knowledge of sports is about a 2nd grade level, which is exactly why this product would help if I happened to go to a game, which I have picked up free tickets for in the past. Usually big state football matches, and at times I'm a little lost on the rules. I'm a nerd, but I do enjoy the crowd atmosphere just not the time to get into the stats and player backgrounds that would make it even more exciting.

pretty sweet idea.
I just hope ms makes their ideas into reality soon rather than just letting them stay in their research facilities.