March 21, 2012
New Microsoft Patent Could Indicate Future Of Gaming
Lee Rannals for Redorbit.com
The patent details how a display system will work on goggles, helmets and other eyewear.
The application calls for a virtual projector system involving lasers that are used to beam images in front of each eye.
These images could be transparent so that users can see external objects in the real world, possibly creating a virtual reality effect.
The patent was filed back in 2010, but it was just recently published by the U.S. patent office.
The only reference to video games in the patent is a sentence referring to "applications ranging from video gaming to aviation."
Microsoft would not be the first company looking into to building high-tech glasses with this transparent technology.
The report said that the prototype resembles Oakley's Thump glasses, but functions like an Android-based device.
According to the Times, the Google glasses have a navigation system that utilizes head-tilting commands to scroll and click on features.
Patent Bolt also reported that a Sony research team is working on a video headset for a future PlayStation.
Patents can be an indication of what the future holds for technology, but can also cause some false hope for those who dream.
Microsoft said in an emailed statement to RedOrbit that not all its patents are indications of future products.
"Microsoft regularly applies for and receives patents as part of its business practice," a Microsoft Spokesperson told RedOrbit. "Not all patents applied for or received will be incorporated into a Microsoft product."