Latest in Fridge

Image credit:

Google applies for another Glass patent, thinks about controlling your garage door and fridge

Mat Smith, @thatmatsmith
March 21, 2013
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

In case you hadn't noticed, the people over at Mountain View continue to work pretty hard on bringing yet more functionality to its Google Glass. During our patent application trawling this week, we fished up another possible application for Google's future-wear, where the finished product might fuse together augmented reality (and wireless connectivity) to control objects around your house. The headwear will apparently using visual identification, RFID, infra-red, Bluetooth and even QR codes as methods for recognizing controllable devices. Once your well-designed head-mounted display picks up a target, it would then pull down information related to the object, including a control interface. These "superimposed controls" would then hover over the real-life objects (which would need to be WiFi-connected or otherwise), with garage doors and refrigerators both referenced as possibilities (we've added sketches for both of these after the break). Whether you'd then adjust these white goods with your voice or otherwise is still an unknown -- the predictably fuzzy-worded patent application doesn't quite touch on any... touch interfaces.

Google's applies for another Glass patent, thinks about controlling your garage door and fridge

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

Engadget's 2020 Back-to-School Guide

View
Our readers get real about their issues with the AirPods Pro

Our readers get real about their issues with the AirPods Pro

View
Space Force official logo and motto unveiled

Space Force official logo and motto unveiled

View
Fossil's Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches are about to get a major update

Fossil's Gen 5 Wear OS smartwatches are about to get a major update

View
Facebook repeatedly overruled fact checkers in favor of conservatives

Facebook repeatedly overruled fact checkers in favor of conservatives

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr