Sony SmartWig Patent Proves Anything Can Be A Wearable, But Why?
Here’s a head scratcher - literally. Sony has filed a patent for a SmartWig. Yep you read that right. A wearable device in the shape of fake hair.
Sony has been a pioneer in the wearable space. Their smartwatch is already in its second generation and has been on the market since 2012. So perhaps they are getting bored for the expected and are really thinking out-of-the-box. But this is really out there (even for me).
According to the patent filing the wig is meant to cover at least part of the user’s head with at least one sensor for input, a communication interface and the necessary processors to handle these. All of these components are meant to be hidden in the wig.
The filing goes on to detail that the SmartWig would have GPS, an integrated camera and the ability to transmit and receive ultrasound waves. It would also be able to talk to a secondary computer (like a smartphone or tablet or even another wearable with a screen) and provide tactile feedback to the wearer. Oh and did I mention the laser pointer?!
My favourite feature is wig positioning sensor to help you make sure that your fake hair is on right. You have to give them credit for thinking of everything, right?
As its only a patent, this idea may never come to the market or at least may not come to the market with all the bells and whistles described above. On one hand (or head), its great to see the potential of all of this technology but on the other side, I am not too sure how many people are going to want to wear fake hair. For those that do, the patent also details that the wig will be offered using natural and/or artificial hair pieces so you might have some options.
Sources: UPTO, Engadget