We’ve heard reports that Samsung is developing its own wearable device to rival Google Glass for a while now, but a recently uncovered patent filed last year with the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), which was recently published, offers a glimpse into how the rumored headset might actually work. The patent, titled “Input Method and Apparatus of Portable Device” details how Samsung’s device could project a virtual keyboard right onto your finger.
There’s no guarantee Samsung will make use of this technology; we still don’t even have a confirmation from the company that it’s working on a Google Glass competitor at all. The patent in question hints at growing interest in a “glasses-type” wearable device, however, that has one problem. Samsung says it’s too limited in space to feature a traditional touchscreen. Google’s solution has been to push its always-improving voice recognition technology, but the patent argues that speech recognition “performs poorly in a noisy environment” leaving the user with no way to type out a message. That’s where Samsung’s new tech comes in.
The augmented reality technology would overlay a keyboard or number pad onto your hands, leaving your thumbs free to quickly type out a message. Beside’s the obvious cool factor, the idea also has some huge benefits. For example, you could quickly jump back and forth between different alphabets. You may look a bit weird typing away on your own palms in a crowded space, but the futuristic glasses on your head have likely already revealed that information to the world anyway.
It’s a compelling and unique solution for a problem. Whether we ever see it actually come to fruition, or if this technique is actually usable to the point that it’s better than just finding a quiet area to use voice, are two other entirely different questions, but we know Samsung is at least thinking about it.