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New Google Glass patent describes ways to control objects around the wearer

Google has applied for a Google Glass patent related to the device controlling objects, including a garage door, printer or refrigerator.
March 21, 2013

Google has applied for a patent that describes a technology that would allow Google Glass to recognize and control various objects. According to the patent application (source link below), it could superimpose images of a control interface when the target object is recognized.

Basically, just like being able to recognize people, Google Glass could be able to recognize objects. It would do so using a variety of methods, according to the patent, including RFID, NFC, Bluetooh, WiFi and even QR codes.

A few examples are given, including the one of a garage door that’s fitted with a QR code. The code itself is not visible to the human eye, but can be read using infrared by Glass and the device can determine the closed or open state of the door. Now, should the user get close to his home in his car, the garage door can open automatically and lights can be turned on.

The same way, the door can be closed when the person wearing the glasses leaves through the garage.

Another example involved a refrigerator being recognized by the glasses when the user gets close to it. A virtual interface would then be shown over said refrigerator, allowing the user to control its features using gestures.

One of the images attached to the patent application involved a printer being controlled this way, but the list of possibilities is limited just by imagination.

It’s just another idea of use for a product that some think is the future of Android.


What do you think of the idea? Do you find it exciting or creepy?