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Microsoft patents Gaming Helmet for Xbox

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Microsoft patented two styles of video headsets in 2010: an aviation-styled Gaming Helmet for Xbox gamers, and a pair of sunglasses for smartphone and mobile device users.

Patentbolt unearthed the patents, which were filed in Q3 2010 and published by the USPTO early this year.

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An image from the patent, as grabbed by Patentbolt.

The images produced by Microsoft's eye-wear would be 16:9 and "appear to the wearer as if it were 21 inches in diagonal and viewed at arm's length".

Each eye of the video headset could be configured to produce a stereoscopic 3D image. The viewing area may also be slightly transparent to allow augmented reality projection on to surrounding objects, like toilets.

Note that the pictures accompanying the patent are illustrations of ideas and not prototypes.

The central part to this patent is Microsoft's "virtual-image projector", which uses "a laser configured to form a narrow beam, first and second dilation optics, first and second redirection optics, and a controller". Not a controller as in a game pad.

The rest is a bit complicated.

Sony has already built a

Personal 3D Viewer visor that fits over your head and pumps images to your brain with two tiny OLED screens. Sony reckons it will "revolutionise" games.

http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2012-03-20-microsoft-patents-gaming-helmet-for-xbox

I'm sure we can all agree in that this is exactly what was missing from gaming, cat helmets

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The viewing area may also be slightly transparent to allow augmented reality projection on to surrounding objects, like toilets.

Toilets aren't slightly transparent.

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Why would toilets be the thing you'd project onto?

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Why would you want to project toilets onto things?

This sentence has confused me somewhat.

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Target practice.

EDIT: Also, are we starting early with april fools day this year?

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EDIT: Also, are we starting early with april fools day this year?

It's likely a real patent, just not something they plan to do anything with. Patents and copyright are like a bizarre corporate shadow war at this point.

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I've always been confused about how eyewear displays are supposed to work. Any closer than 7cm and the eye has a real difficulty focusing. Would these be like ski goggles or something? They'd sit on the bridge of your nose and protrude out from your face? I can't imagine having a display that close to your eyes being comfortable at all.

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That sounds pretty cool to me. Put a microphone, some surround sound speakers and a few accelerometers in there and it'll be a much better peripheral than kinect will ever be.

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I've always been confused about how eyewear displays are supposed to work. Any closer than 7cm and the eye has a real difficulty focusing. Would these be like ski goggles or something? They'd sit on the bridge of your nose and protrude out from your face? I can't imagine having a display that close to your eyes being comfortable at all.

Haven't such displays been in use in the military for some time?

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That sounds pretty cool to me. Put a microphone, some surround sound speakers and a few accelerometers in there and it'll be a much better peripheral than kinect will ever be.

They'd work together quite well. Full body tracking in a VR environment. Look down at your own hands and you see your avatar's hands matching your movements perfectly, that sort of thing.

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I'd imagine that practically every technology company has some sort of headset patent, on the rationale that virtual reality has to work out some time, right?

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Looking forward to the day when we can all walk around in a full-body sensory suit that isolates us from all contact with other greasy humans.

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This seems a natural progression, especially as using Kinect already makes you feel like a helmet.

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Haven't such displays been in use in the military for some time?

No idea. I've never seen them outside of military sci-fi.

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Also I love rubbish things like this. It's like the 90s future is finally happening, and notf the crappy one we got instead.

When I stopped at the services on the M4 recently there was one of those machines where you could win ipods and stuff, but instead of an ipod it had a pair of SEGA sunglasses that had an mp3 player and digital camera built in, and they were so wonderful I would have gladly put 200 £1 coins into the machine in a fruitless attempt to win them and become as cool as I imagined we'd all be by the year 2012, but unfortunately it was out of order so I had to sit in the Bob the Builder ride instead and weep for a bit.

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This generation's Virtual Boy.then. :P No doubt the mobile device sunglasses turn other wearers into super-deformed XBL Avatars with their rictus grins and bulging eyes...actually that would be pretty terrifying.

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Toilets aren't slightly transparent.

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Why would toilets be the thing you'd project onto?

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Why would you want to project toilets onto things?

This sentence has confused me somewhat.

You can project stuff IN urinals, like

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