A few months ago I reported about Microsoft’s efforts to implement wearable computer interfaces, more specifically the idea that Microsoft were working on a glove that could control computers by hand gestures. It looks like they are now moving towards developing their own augmented reality glasses.
Microsoft has filed Patent application 20120293548 to the US Patent and Trademark Office on 20 May 2011 and is described as a "system and method to present a user wearing a head mounted display with supplemental information when viewing a live event."
Unlike Google's Project Glass, which is intended for everyday use, it seems that the Microsoft glasses will be optimised for particular events, such as a football match or a play. This means that they are designed for event where you can get statistical information, such as that delivered by television coverage, without having to turn away from the action – fantastic idea.
The application goes into more depth about what Microsoft hopes to achieve with the glasses, such as the variable transparency of the lenses which will be key to the device's performance. The glasses would be "capable of generating display elements on various portions of a user's display while remaining portions of the head mounted display are transparent to allow the user to continue to view...occurrences within the live event."
Microsoft says the glasses could be operated through either a wrist-worn computer, eye movements or voice commands. Having something like this at a football match where you can access instant replays on fouls or goal-mouth action will not only benefit the fans but also referees as well…