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Google Patents Smart Glove Design

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Google Glass brings augmented reality to your eyes. Smart Gloves will allow the user to interact even more in a Minority Report fashion.

On August 21, Google was granted a patent called "Seeing with your hand." It describes a glove packed with electronics including cameras on the fingertips, a compass, gyroscopes, accelerometers and other motion detectors embedded in the fingers. The palm section plays host to the CPU, RAM and local storage, and wireless communication chips are mounted on the backside.

Dubbed as Google Smart Glove, the invention is designed to offer users with a wide variety of high-tech services. The cameras could be used to acquire a highly-magnified view of the world around them while the sensors would be the centerpiece to applications similar to what we use on smartphones like navigation. The wireless aspect could leech information from local open networks, satellites, or provide communication between a pair of Smart Gloves.

"In an embodiment, a glove is provided that may include a detector positioned on a fingertip of the glove," the patent reads. "The detector may be configured to record a series of images of an environment. The glove may additionally include a processor configured to determine at least one predetermined motion of the detector by comparing at least two images in the series of images and, based on the at least one predetermined motion, select at least one function from a plurality of functions. Additionally, the glove may include an output interface configured to trigger the at least one function."

It's possible this patent will be tied with Google Glass, the company's set of augmented reality specs, so that users can interact with the virtual world they're already seeing. Theoretically users could control virtual interfaces through gestures with the Gloves, allowing them to wave, flick a finger or perhaps even touch a particular surface similar to the fictional technology seen in Minority Report.

If connected to Google Glass, the Gloves may allow a user to pull up a virtual keyboard by clenching a fist, and then start typing. A billboard displayed too far away could be zoomed in via Glass by simply pinching with the Gloves. Reading a book via the Kindle app? Merely swipe a hand. Of course, these are just theories and not expressed in the patent.

"In another embodiment, a wearable device is provided that may include a detector configured to record a first series of images of an environment," it reads. "The wearable device may also include and a processor configured to stabilize the first series of images to produce a first stabilized series of images, determine at least one predetermined motion of the detector by comparing at least two images in the first stabilized series of images, and, based on the at least one predetermined motion, select a first at least one function from a plurality of functions. The wearable device may additionally include an output interface configured to transmit an output based at least in part on the first at least one function."

The good news about Google's invention is that it's a granted patent, and not a patent application. The bad news is that it's just a patent, and as far as we know, not an actual physical project. Still, there's a good chance Google has a prototype already built, but integration with Google Glass may be years away.

 

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    bawss , August 26, 2012 1:09 PM
    Okay go sue Apple when they make a glove.
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    drwho1 , August 26, 2012 2:31 PM
    I can see the porn industry using this gloves.... :/ 
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  • 23 Hide
    bawss , August 26, 2012 1:09 PM
    Okay go sue Apple when they make a glove.
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    killabanks , August 26, 2012 1:23 PM
    the best offence is defence
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    dheadley , August 26, 2012 1:35 PM
    Where are all the people screaming about the fact that there are already a bunch of smartgloves of this type being shown off for years now?

    If it WAS Apple looking to patent it there would be pages of complaints about it listing all the prior art in the tech industry and even "Minority Report did this years ago!" comments.
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    del35 , August 26, 2012 2:15 PM
    Welcome to the world iCrap enabled by its herd of moronic users has created. At some point companies have to decide not to play by that game. Apple is the most disgusting company in the world, and now others are joining it. Break the trend Google. You are powerful enough to say NO to this kind of patent trolling.


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    drwho1 , August 26, 2012 2:31 PM
    I can see the porn industry using this gloves.... :/ 
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    DroKing , August 26, 2012 3:44 PM
    Nintendo flashback?
  • 4 Hide
    freggo , August 26, 2012 4:06 PM
    drwho1I can see the porn industry using this gloves....


    Cameras, sensors...Smart condoms; we need smart condoms.
    If anyone can help us in the search for the 'G-Spot' than it's got to be "G"oogle. :-)


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    davewolfgang , August 26, 2012 6:11 PM
    Here's the Deal - you CAN actually patent the GLOVE itself - not WHAT the glove can do.

    Got that Patent Office?????
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    airanp , August 26, 2012 6:15 PM
    Good for Google. Glad they beat apple to the punch on this one. Now they just have to get their glasses protected before apple patents that.
  • 3 Hide
    spaceinvaderx , August 26, 2012 6:35 PM
    Enough with the ads Tom's, PLEASE! I expect a few, but on every page, c'mon. It makes navigating this site a horrible experience.
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    halcyon , August 26, 2012 7:12 PM
    freggoCameras, sensors...Smart condoms; we need smart condoms.If anyone can help us in the search for the 'G-Spot' than it's got to be "G"oogle. :-)

    Speak for yourself, I have no trouble locating it. I can send instructions...but I'll have to charge you.
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    wildwell , August 26, 2012 7:19 PM
    Get rid of the glove. Device free gesture input is the future, not a fashionable peripheral.

    Although, as Apple, Samsung, IBM, and the rest have taught us, it never hurts to patent the crap out of everything, good or bad.
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    funguseater , August 26, 2012 7:25 PM
    Hmmm, looks like an upgraded Power Glove to me. I've seen Nintendo Power Glove hacks that work with Windows PC and were programed with a whack of macro's. Use a power glove and a Kinect for PC and it would seem to give the same results. Nothing new here. (except wireless, whew what a discovery!)

    Fungi
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    jkflipflop98 , August 26, 2012 9:28 PM
    funguseaterHmmm, looks like an upgraded Power Glove to me. I've seen Nintendo Power Glove hacks that work with Windows PC and were programed with a whack of macro's. Use a power glove and a Kinect for PC and it would seem to give the same results. Nothing new here. (except wireless, whew what a discovery!)Fungi


    WTF are you smoking?
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    eddieroolz , August 26, 2012 9:45 PM
    The irony of people praising Google for patenting a glove while deriding Apple for patenting a rectangle.
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    master_chen , August 26, 2012 10:32 PM
    But...but...but what about Power Glove? Can Nintendon't sue Gluegle?
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    Kami3k , August 27, 2012 2:17 AM
    eddieroolzThe irony of people praising Google for patenting a glove while deriding Apple for patenting a rectangle.


    So all gloves have a mini computer in them?
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    halcyon , August 27, 2012 2:32 AM
    Kami3kSo all gloves have a mini computer in them?

    Well, actually...yes. ...back in 2018 law enforcement agencies around the world came together and created the United Porn Glove Monitoring Act.
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    azraa , August 27, 2012 4:20 AM
    iFap incoming, 2016

    Anyway, good on google patenting this. May be similar to the PowerGlobe, but what they took here was the IDEA AND TECH BACKGROUND, instead of the DESIGN AND LOOKS, like Apple did.
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    Anonymous , August 27, 2012 5:48 AM
    Nintendo should sue them.

    Man our patent system is so broken its not even funny anymore.
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